With this recent vote, members of the American Medical Association have now elevated the classification of obesity from an "urgent chronic condition" to a medically classified disease. This condition now 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.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index above 30. BMI a ratio of height to body weight. You can learn more about BMI and body composition here.
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