Obesity Is Not a Disease

But calling it one is a symptom of our bloated federal government.

By Michael Tanner

Recently the American Medical Association declared that it will consider obesity a disease. At first glance, it’s a minor story, hardly worth mentioning, but in reality the AMA’s move is a symptom of a disease that is seriously troubling our society: the abdication of personal responsibility and an invitation to government meddling.

No one denies that this country faces a massive (no pun intended) obesity problem. The United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, with more than a third of all Americans believed to be obese and another third considered overweight. Obesity leads to a host of both long- and short-term health problems and costs Americans more than $190 billion annually in higher medical costs, and possibly as much as $450 billion in indirect costs, such as lost productivity.
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Which i wrote 3 years ago here: The disease FAT does not exist I guess better late then never that it gets more attention. I pity the poor suckers who fell and will fall prey to this multi-billion dollar industry. The medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, the diet guru’s, the food industry, the exercise/sport industry, the clothing industry all gain big bucks because of this callous, cynical manipulation of peoples fears. It’s beyond disgusting

Author Insights: Excessive Weight Gain May Reduce the Benefits of Smoking Cessation for Heart Disease Risk

In conclusion, whatever you do death is certain. Quite a revelation


Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease and quitting the habit reduces that risk. But smoking cessation is associated with gaining weight (on average from 6-13 pounds within 6 months after quitting), and weight gain is sometimes associated with increased risk for heart disease. Does that mean quitters might be substituting one heart disease risk factor for another? The authors of a research letter appearing today in JAMA, focusing on postmenopausal women with and without diabetes, say “no” in general, but perhaps “yes” if the weight gain is substantial.

The researchers, using data for 104391 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative, found that among women without diabetes, those who recently quit (smoking at the start of the study and not smoking at year 3) decreased their risk of having a heart disease event (heart attack, silent heart attack, or death due to heart disease)…

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