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AMA Now Classifies Obesity As A Disease

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Mark Weitzman, who has lost 35 pounds on a diet, says he's always been obese. Dennis Biondi says he has too. And, Paul Catapano who weighs 325 pounds says being obese isn't about what you eat, but who you are. That's it's not about behavior, but things like heredity. And, these three men all agree with the American Medical Association's Tuesday vote defining obesity as a disease. Until the vote doctors and others have often looked at obesity as a behavior problem. Not enough exercise ... too much food.

But, with this change in definition the AMA hopes more insurance companies will cover treatments related to excessive weight and the stigma some associate with obesity will disappear. Weitzman isn't so sure about that. Neither is Catapano. Catapano isn't even sure that what the doctors are doing is a good idea. Weitzman says he'll have to wait to see what results from this. Biondi, though, likes what the doctors have done and think it's a move in the right direction.

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