Posts Tagged ‘AMA’

Obesity Discrimination May Be Curbed

July 12, 2013 — Limits on obesity discrimination may be one fortunate result of the recent AMA decision to address obesity as a disease. A number of observers are commenting that the AMA’s decision — though not binding in any way — will likely carry credibility with judges considering whether employment discrimination against people with obesity is acceptable under […]

The 7 Worst Reasons for Ignoring Obesity as a Disease

July 4, 2013 — Let’s give credit where credit is due. Morgan Downey has published a brilliant examination of flawed logic for ignoring obesity as a disease. These rationalizations are surfacing in response to the recent AMA decision that it is a disease. We are presenting a synopsis here for your convenience, but we encourage you to read his […]

Equal and Opposite Reactions to Obesity’s Burden

June 30, 2013 — Obesity’s burden sparks intense, equal, and yet opposite reactions in two groups of people who deny the medical nature of the problem. Last week, U.S. News and World Report invited the AMA, the Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), a UCLA sociologist concerned with fat acceptance, and […]

Cheers and Jeers for the AMA Vote on Obesity

June 26, 2013 — When the AMA vote on obesity overruled a report of their Council on Science and Public Health and declared that obesity is a disease, who would have guessed we would still be talking about it a week later? Reactions have ranged from cheers to jeers to shoulder shrugs. “Take the stigma away so insurers will […]