AMA Declares Obesity a Disease

The American Medical Association voted this week to declare obesity a disease, a move effectively defining 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.

Why not look at the bigger problem? Our leaders are not addressing the cause they focus on the symptoms instead. Problems are not as simple as the media and money makers would like you to believe. Each individual has genes from a long line of past humans that have adopted to certain living conditions and environment.  One size does not fit all as each has different needs to fit their genes. Life changes very slow and the capitalistic market place changes the environment a lot faster than the human condition can keep up.

It seems to me that this change to make obesity an official disease is a political maneuver made by big money to empty the pocket of the common man and add to the riches of the insurance, big pharma, medical industry, and all those including government at the expense of all those that are slaving away at jobs to support families.

The FDA is not protecting the population from the marketing and manipulation of the food and drug empires. Much of what is offered in the market place is not healthy or beneficial to the vast array of human health in a diverse society. The marketed lifestyle has one purpose and that is to make profits regardless of any concern for the health and life of the customer. The Public education system is also bought and sold to those that profit and lobby the laws.

Our leadership has failed because of lack of knowledge and values.

4 Responses to “AMA Declares Obesity a Disease”

  1. fwiw says:

    Admitting that I have gained some weight and recognizing that something needs to be done has brought me to be somewhat more concerned with what I eat and it has become obvious that eating out offers little in the way of good nutrition. The menus at every eatery that I have visited in the past few months offers nothing but overly sauced and creamed high fat choices. How is it that a salad is now a 1,000+ calorie item? I don’t want the FDA to regulate menus and recipes but it would be nice if the calorie, fat & sodium content of items be printed on the menu.

    • Lisa says:

      Researchers have found eating highly-processed carbohydrates like cakes, cookies and chips could affect pleasure centers in the brain, leading to serious cravings that might cause people to overeat.
      The corporate food industry has people hooked, just like they did with tobacco. The government has no intentions on cutting another tax source that feeds their power even at the expense of the health of citizens. Makes me wonder why they want control of my health care and health records?

  2. Lisa says:

    The labeling on food is designed by the food industry lobby. They are way short of telling exactly what is in the food. The common fears of fat, salt, calorie count etc. are not the only concern. The physical needs of different genes are very different even between general groups such as northern and southern Europe descents. Few people have pure DNA so the individual has individual needs. Some bodies just do not process food in the same way so the issue gets much more difficult to understand. Just as the same type onion grown in different soil and environment conditions yields different onions so with the human.

    An example of gene related food issues; Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency and hypolactasia, is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and to a lesser extent milk-derived dairy products. It is not a disorder as such, but a genetically-determined characteristic.

    How people react to processed food is similar but manifests in different ways such as gaining weight. Marketing and profits are way more important than individual health in a capitalistic system. It is up to the individual to educate himself and be responsible for what goes into his body. Insurance is a way to get other people to pay for an individual’s lack of personal knowledge needed to live a healthy life.

    The other way is to make all your own food and be sure where you get the raw materials and where they come from. Are they GMO or have chemicals on or in them? For many it is just not worth the effort and for others moderation seems to work.

  3. Lisa says:

    One trick the food industry and many big companies use to get rid of competition is to make regulations the small guy can not afford such as the detail specs of the meal on the menu. The cost to the Ma and Pa restaurant puts them out of business. Just as many regulations such as the farmer not able to slaughter his own beef or the hand made car manufacturer to crash his cars for tests.

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