Is obesity a disease or a health choice? The American Medical Association has decided to change its stance, and the decision could have a widespread impact.
The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease. It's previously referred to obesity as a "major health problem."
About a third of adults in the US are obese, while even more are considered overweight, and a third of children and teens are either obese or overweight. So, this decision impacts a lot of people.
The AMA cannot change laws or policies, but its decisions tend to influence policy makers.
For more on what this decision could mean for the treatment of obese patients and the health care industry, Dr. Greg Mancini from UT Medical Center joined us in the 10News studio. You can watch that entire conversation in the video above.