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Obesity Now Officially a Disease

Obesity Now Officially a Disease

(NEWSER– More than a third of adults and nearly a fifth of children in the US are now officially considered to have a disease: obesity. The American Medical Association has now declared obesity to be a disease, a move it hopes will influence policy changes on the same scale that sharply cut deaths from smoking and from traffic accidents, NBC News reports. Obesity rates have "doubled among adults in the last 20 years and tripled among children in a single generation," notes the AMA, which has previously referred to obesity as an "urgent chronic condition" and a "complex disorder."

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