AMA Declares Obesity a Disease

Dr. Richard Besser discusses American Medical Association's controversial decision.
1:23 | 06/19/13

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morning from the american medical association. It is officially recognized obesity as a disease. An announcement that could affect millions of americans. Let's break down the impact with dr. Richard besser. The ama looked into this. And they called it a disease. But the final decision, yes. A doctor brawl here. The ama decided to call obesity a disease. They are hoping it will lead doctors to take it more seriously. Obesity, a leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, cancer. No legal standing. But that's what they hope for. What were the concerns of the committee that looked at this? They think the body mass index is not a perfect measure. So, you can't really say whether or not someone is truly obese. And they're concerned it's going to take the pressure away from individual responsibility of changing diet, changing exercise. And put it on surgery and drugs. Where do you come down on this? I think they're missing the point altogether. We call it an obesity epidemic. It matters less what we call it than what we do about it. We have to get activity back into everyone's lives, especially our children. Get them exercising, moving in school and after school. Get them eating healthy foods in appropriate amounts. We have to do this for everybody. That's what the ama should be talking about. About prevention. Totally about prevention. Thanks so much. And now to the latest on the

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