Friday Night Heroes Scoreboard

Obesity now officially a disease, not just condition

Obesity disease

Is being overweight a condition or a disease?

According to the American Medical Association, obesity is now officially a disease.

The decision was made at the group’s annual meeting in Chicago.

AMA members said obesity is a disease that requires medical treatment and prevention.

Previously, being severely overweight was officially referred to as a “major public health problem,” not a disease.

The medical board said recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles the complex issue that affects about one in three Americans.