NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Americans are getting larger and this summer the American Medical Association took steps to address it, but Larry Mendte says they did it the wrong way.
Something awful happened this summer
30% of Americans, over 100 million people, were diagnosed with a disease
And it happened like that. When the American Medical Association made the absurd decision to label obesity as a disease
Their bleeding hearts are in the right place, they want to call attention to a growing problem that causes a long list of actual diseases.
They also want money. You see, if doctors call it a disease then insurance companies may pay for more treatments and procedures.
But the truth is the number one way to deal with obesity has nothing to do with medical treatment, but societal changes.
At the same time we are being encouraged to live a more sedate life in front of a computer, we are also encouraged to eat a lot of highly processed, chemically enhanced, hormone injected, corn syrup sweetened, full of fat, glow in the dark foods.
Obesity isn`t a disease; it`s the symptom of a disease called eating like an American.
And who exactly is obese? The AMA says anyone with a BMI, body mass index, of 30 or over.
But many people with a plus 30 BMI are healthy in every other respect, are they diseased.
That`s not to say that obesity isn`t an awful thing, but so is drowning. You don`t label it a disease because some people don`t know how to swim.
And you know who is the most upset about the AMA decision? Fat people, specifically a group called the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. The group claims the AMA ruling stigmatizes those with weight issues. A popular hash tag on twitter is #iamnotadisease.
And here is the kicker, the AMA did this even though its own experts in the field recommended against it, why? Did I mention the money? The weight loss industry is a 66 billion dollar industry. And it could be even more lucrative if they could only figure out a way to get you and I to pay for it, you know like labeling it a disease.