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Obesity now declared “disease,” but risk for chronic illnesses was no secret
CBS News ^ | June 19, 2013, 12:38 PM | Ryan Jaslow

Posted on 06/19/2013 1:56:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai

More than 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and teens now have a disease, after the American Medical Association formally voted Tuesday to classify “obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions.”

The shift is aimed in part to get doctors to tackle obesity as if they were treating a disease instead of a lifestyle condition in need of modification.

“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” Dr. Patrice Harris of the AMA said in a statement. …

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI)—a ratio of height over weight—of 30 or higher. People are considered normal weight if they have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. …

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: ama; behaviormodification; obesity; officialdisease

1 posted on 06/19/2013 1:57:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

If it’s a disease they can punish you for not losing weight like they told you.


2 posted on 06/19/2013 1:59:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

All of you who thought the idea of their tying grocery buying habits to Obamacare need to clue in.

That’s exactly what they’ll be doing now. For the children. And adults.

Your money will be no good if you want to buy butter. Or cheese or whole milk. Greens will be OK. Red meat not so much. It’s for your health.

Bloomberg was a pioneer in this.

Peons will all be vegans whether they want to or not.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

No way, you can’t be punish for something that is not your fault......it will be declared racists as black women have the highest rate of morbid obesity.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 2:03:03 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Black Agnes

Veganism is not good for health.


5 posted on 06/19/2013 2:03:11 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI)—a ratio of height over weight—of 30 or higher.”

I bet many pro-athletes are now stunned that they are considered overweight or obese because of their BMI.


6 posted on 06/19/2013 2:03:39 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Olog-hai

No kidding.

You don’t think this will be about making us healthy do you?

We’ll eat the greens and rabbit food. They’ll have the organic free range meats and dairy.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 2:05:12 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: ConservativeTeen

I don’t see how a male of average height in the USA (5’ 10”) can be considered “obese” at a weight of 175 lbs or higher.


8 posted on 06/19/2013 2:06:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

The two drugs mentioned are interesting......lsd like, amphetamine like.....just like college all over again (not that I would know, no really I wouldn’t)


9 posted on 06/19/2013 2:09:01 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: svcw

Eric Holder’s people will be running the show, so they will be exempt.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 2:09:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yet the organic food folks think that is HEALTHY.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 2:10:45 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s for the ADA, so fat people can be fired for being lazy f—ks.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 2:12:21 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Biggirl

It’s all based on ‘Diet For a Small Planet’. A book describing how to make your dietary footprint as small as possible. Even though we’ve pretty much figured that isn’t healthy by now.

No matter. Fewer people == healthier Gaia.


13 posted on 06/19/2013 2:13:23 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: svcw
The same people who run public education will be running Obamacare.

Any questions?

14 posted on 06/19/2013 2:14:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

“I bet many pro-athletes are now stunned that they are considered overweight or obese because of their BMI.”

Yep. BMI is so non-medically-sound, it’s shocking.

(I am WAY fat via BMI, but have a sub-10% bodyfat according to the Cooper Clinic. I also can deadlift 495lbs and just finished a rather large 1/2 marathon in the top 10 of my age group.)


15 posted on 06/19/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Black Agnes
All of you who thought the idea of their tying grocery buying habits to Obamacare need to clue in.

I tried to tell people for years to cut up those store "loyalty" cards that track all of your grocery purchases. I've stopped trying to warn people. They deserve to have that information get into the hands of their insurance company. Wait until their premiums they have to pay or go to jail get jacked up based on their past purchasing habits.

16 posted on 06/19/2013 2:19:45 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Jewbacca

Yeah, at 6’2” I am suppose to weigh 160-170. BS at my best shape a ahem... few years ago (my mod 30’s) I was 225-230 and was running 3 miles under 18 minutes 4 days a week and weights 3 days a week (squatted over 400 and bench over 260).


17 posted on 06/19/2013 2:22:03 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Orangedog

I have no problem with the store having loyalty cards.

I DO have a problem with that information being shared without my express written permission.

But you’re right. The pull of corruption and data control is great enough that all data will eventually be abused.


18 posted on 06/19/2013 2:25:05 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Olog-hai

Obesity now declared “disease,”

Another group who will apply en mass for disability.

Now airlines won’t be able to charge fat people more as that would be a violation of Americans with Disabilities act.

Better be careful how you treat an overweight applicant. I see more discrimination claims coming soon.

Workmen’s comp claims should see an increased activity


19 posted on 06/19/2013 2:33:41 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: Black Agnes

The children of Gen Y are going to scorn their parents’ total apathy toward personal privacy. In 20 years the tyranny resulting from the abuse of personal data will produce a generation of privacy advocates. Think of how the depression era folks were about the stock market and banks. That’s how the next generation will be about personal data.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 2:36:49 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Orangedog

I foresee a bill of rights after some sort of reboot starting with the words:

We hold these truths to be self evident. Human privacy being an integral part to the public welfare, No citizen or its artificial equivalent may hold information about another citizen or artificial equivalent for any reason except they both agree. Moreover, the people and their artificial equivalents shall be safe from divulging information unless compelled to do so by a court of law AND a jury of their peers.

Or some such equivalent.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 2:44:03 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Joan Kerrey

This is totally insane.

Alcoholism was also declared a “disease,” which is why street winos have probably been able to get drunk and keep up their habit after getting their fat disability checks from Uncle Sam.


22 posted on 06/19/2013 2:58:24 PM PDT by livius
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To: Olog-hai

Can they claim disability now?
Can they challenge higher insurance rates and higher plane seating charges?


23 posted on 06/19/2013 3:06:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

DH is 5’ 11.5” and weighs 190. His BMI is 26, which is in the (barely) *overweight* category. Ridiculous. He would be skeletal if he weighed 5 pounds less. I have seen him at 185 and, IMO, it is too thin.

I, OTOH, am 5’3” and weigh 130 and my BMI is 23 or *normal*, yet, I could stand to lose 5-7 pounds.


24 posted on 06/19/2013 3:17:08 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Olog-hai
Do you look it up under fat, obese, huge or what when you're looking for a specialist??

Many years ago my mother went to the doctor because she got really overweight. He put her on a diet. It was simple....don't eat like a pig. She lost wait and learned to sustain....No breakfast!! Just black coffee!!

25 posted on 06/19/2013 3:19:03 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Biggirl

It doesn’t dawn on them that their food is grown in real sh** instead of “artificial” fertilizers.


26 posted on 06/19/2013 3:20:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

can’t believe I wrote “she lost wait?’’’’’ She lost WEIGHT...geez...maybe time for my nap


27 posted on 06/19/2013 3:22:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

DH and I knew this was coming and are the way to losing weight. He has lost 69pounds and is close to goal, on his own, too. I’m losing, but slowly. They will not to be able to deny us due to weight, only civil rights like religion, race and politics.


28 posted on 06/19/2013 3:40:38 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Orangedog

And don’t think that won’t happen. I have complained and quit shopping at stores when they won’t allow you the sale price if you are not willing to give them all your personal shopping habits.


29 posted on 06/19/2013 3:54:34 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Black Agnes

They have used those cards to help solve crime. Idiots buy items to aid in murder or hiding the body, the video isn’t clear enough for ID, they use their card to save a buck, and there you go!


30 posted on 06/19/2013 3:57:46 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Black Agnes
I'd trap and eat subway rats before I become vegan under Emperor Bloomturd’s decree
31 posted on 06/19/2013 4:35:56 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Orangedog

The fascists want “data” made mandatory to live and eat. To buy and sell. To have friends and children. Etc

666...


32 posted on 06/19/2013 4:43:00 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Orangedog

But what if they buy all that junk and are still thin? Still have an acceptable BMI?


33 posted on 06/19/2013 4:54:30 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Olog-hai

But being obese has no effect whatsoever on lifespan. That’s determined by many different other factors.


34 posted on 06/19/2013 7:20:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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