American Medical Association: Obesity is a disease

Some say the new classification may force doctors to pay more attention to the condition and push insurance companies to pay for nonsurgical procedures that previously not covered.

Some say the new classification may force doctors to pay more attention to the condition and push insurance companies to pay for nonsurgical procedures that previously not covered. (6/19/13)

NORWALK - The American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease.

Some say the new classification may force doctors to pay more attention to the condition and push insurance companies to pay for nonsurgical procedures that previously were not covered.

Doctors say the new classification will help in the fight against other medical problems linked to obesity, like diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers

About 30 percent of Americans can be classified as obese.

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