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Is Obesity A Disease?

Last year the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease. In a June 18, 2013, press release, AMA board member Dr. Patrice Harris explained: "Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans."

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Dr. Barry Sears

Obesity is simply the accumulation of excess body fat. It doesn’t become a disease unless that excess body fat begins to cause organ malfunction. Someone being a “metabolically healthy obese” individual is not an oxymoron.

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