AMA Considers Recognizing Obesity as a Disease

June 17th, 2013 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

At their annual meeting this week, the American Medical Association’s governing body, the House of Delegates,  will consider a resolution recognizing obesity as a disease. As they say, we wait with baited breath.

In 2009, the AMA declared that obesity should not be a condition qualifying for disability status. (See post, How the AMA Got It Wrong, Sept. 27, 2009)

In 2012, the American Association for Clinical Endocrinology recognized obesity as a disease. The Obesity Society did so in 2008. This is the white paper of supporting evidence. See also my paper in 2001: Obesity as a disease entity

The Social Security Administration recognized obesity as a disease in 1999. The Internal Revenue Service determined that costs for the treatment of obesity were medical costs eligible for the medical deduction on individual income taxes in 2002. In 2004, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services effectively recognized obesity as a disease by removing language to the contrary from their coverage manual.


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