Obesity Now Considered a Disease

Obesity is now considered a disease in the United States.

The American Medical Association voted on the decision yesterday.

78 million adults and 12 million children are now defined with a medical condition that requires treatment.

A member of the American Medical Association says this will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.

Doctors will be more encouraged to direct patients to weight loss programs and monitor their progress.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate in the U.S. increased by 50% from 1997 to 2012.

Being obese increases risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.