by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, voted to classify obesity as a disease at its annual meeting Tuesday in Chicago.
“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” said AMA board member Patrice Harris, M.D. “The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes and is working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity.”
Among other actions, the AMA also adopted a policy recognizing the potential risks of prolonged sitting — and encouraging employers, employees and others to provide alternatives to sitting, such work stations where people must stand.
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