Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) declared that obesity is now officially a disease.
With approximately 1 in 3 Americans considered clinically obese, this decision was always going to come sooner rather than later.
Supporters of the decision claim it will help with how obesity is perceived – as an illness/disease, rather than through overeating and lack of exercise.
My immediate reaction was quite frankly, disbelief.
Declaring obesity as a disease suggests it can only be ‘treated’ as opposed to ‘prevented’ in the first place.