Obesity Now a Disease According to the AMA

Holy Hormones Journal:  So let me get this straight.  We are bombarded with endocrine disrupting hormones in our foods, cosmetics, laundry detergents, synthetic hormones, hormone replacement therapy, perfumes, sunscreen, shampoo & conditioner, BPA  plastics & aluminum Cans – canned foods/sodas, vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, dryer sheets – and we are now eating genetically modified foods.  In addition to that – we are all on medications and getting vaccinated with DNA from foreign particles/bodies.

You can also add to that fact that we are shielded from the sun and all other natural cycles; the rubber soles on our shoes prevent us from getting negative ions from the earth and we are working around the clock.  And we can no longer sleep – or take sleep drugs to try and sleep.  Is it any wonder that our bodies are endocrinally and hormonally whacked out?

And now the AMA – in large part responsible for getting medical consumers to this broken-down state – is calling ‘obesity’ a disease?

AMA declares obesity a disease

The move by the American Medical Assn. board means that one-third of adults and 17% of children in the U.S. have a medical condition that requires treatment.

By Melissa Healy and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2013, 9:43 p.m.

map_tapeThe American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.

The nation’s leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes.

In the end, members of the AMA’s House of Delegates rejected cautionary advice from their own experts and extended the new status to a condition that affects more than one-third of adults and 17% of children in the United States.

“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board member.

Tuesday’s vote is certain to step up pressure on health insurance companies to reimburse physicians for the time-consuming task of discussing obesity’s health risks with patients whose body mass index exceeds 30. It should also encourage doctors to direct these patients to weight-loss programs and to monitor their often-fitful progress.

The federally funded Medicare program, which insures an estimated 13 million obese Americans who are over 65 or disabled, already covers the costs of “intensive behavioral therapy” for obese patients, as well as bariatric surgery for those with additional health conditions. But coverage for such obesity treatments has been uneven among private insurers.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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