American Medical Association Classifies Obesity as a Disease, Opens Door for Insurance Benefits
WASHINGTON, DC - 7/5/2013 - In a groundbreaking move, the AMA (American Medical Association) has classified obesity as a disease. This will pave the way for accredited weight loss procedures and programs to be covered by standard health insurance.
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 news comes as a boom to the already growing weight loss industry, as major brands such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and BalanceDiet are quickly positioning to see a new surge in business as a result ...