Yes, obesity is now classified as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA). Do you agree?
Obesity is killing three more people than those who die from malnutrition. It claims more than three million lives a year worldwide, according to a landmark study.
There is no specific age required to be obese. Unfortunately even children and old people are becoming obese in most developed countries.
What is Obesity?
- Mildly obese- a person’s weight is 20% to 40% over ideal weight.
- Moderately obese- 40 to100% over ideal weight.
- Morbidly obese – 100% over ideal weight.
- Overweight – 10 to 20% over ideal weight.
This video shows the 10 Most Overweight Countries in the world with their customary foods. In this case overweight would be considered anyone over 10% of ideal weight.
Is it really a disease?
Obesity is mostly created by the obese person or by their surrounding environment and yes there are exceptions. It is not a sickness but certainly does often create disease. A person in the obese category who is otherwise completely healthy and happy is classified as sick. To classify it as being a disease allows people to not take personal responsibility for how they got there. This could be damaging.
Drug companies like this very much as it gives them the opportunity to sell even more prescriptions so more money into their big pockets.
“Calling obesity a disease could allow for obese people who require medical interventions to get the help they need. We need to be able to use this disease label to the extent that it makes people take obesity seriously, and not keep blaming people for being irresponsible.” says Marlene Schwartz, the acting director of the Rudd Center for Obesity and Food Policy at Yale University
Eating too much is a much more serious health risk to the health of populations than eating poorly, except for the sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Burden of Disease study, published in a special edition of The Lancet.
“We have gone from a world 20 years ago where people weren’t getting enough to eat to a world now where too much food and unhealthy food – even in developing countries – is making us sick.” Said Dr Majid Ezzati, chair of global environmental health at Imperial College London.
World obesity rates on the rise: 480 million by 2022
Nine major countries (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil and Canada) will increase from 167 million in 2012 to 213 million in 2022. According to healthcare.globaldata.com
America is no longer the most obese country among more populous nations. America is number 2 in the ranks, right behind Mexico, with 31.8 percent of its population classified as obese, and followed by New Zealand (26.5%), Chile (25.1%) and Australia (24.6%).
Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight and almost one-third are obese. Mexican teenagers are also […]