Peter D. Vash, M.D., MPH Past President of The American Society of Bariatric Physicians Celebrates the AMA’s Decision to Recognize Obesity as a Disease.
One can argue the causes of obesity, but a metabolic disequilibrium that results in the individual’s disability and premature death and affects 30% of the American population certainly deserves serious attention and recognition as a disease.
Century City, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Dr. Vash noted Obesity Medicine Specialist and past President of The American Society of Bariatric Physicians notes “the recent decision by the AMA to finally and formally recognize obesity as a disease is a welcome step in the right direction for both physicians and obese patients. Yes, obesity is a disease, despite the fact there is a large degree of personal responsibility and acceptance involved, because the accumulated excess weight causes a state of chronic inflammation and metabolic/hormonal changes that result in pain, suffering and a dis-ease with one’s body. The reality of this disease is that while obesity may not kill the overweight individual outright, in time it will maim them and destroy the quality of their life while costing our society dearly in terms of productivity and resources.”
Dr. Vash adds “one can argue the causes of obesity, but a metabolic disequilibrium that results in the individual’s disability and premature death and affects 30% of the American population and is associated with more than 25 other serious and chronic medical conditions while costing more than 200 billion dollars a year to treat, certainly deserves serious attention and recognition as a disease. Medical research will ultimately discover the multiple causes for excessive weight gain, but in the meantime our thin obsessed society should not blame the patient but help to empower overweight individuals to avoid the use of food as a coping mechanism, and find the will and funds to implement cost efficient, effective and compassionate ways to treat this disease.”
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