Regarding Obesity as a Disease: Evolving Policies and Their Implications

Theodore K. Kyle, Emily J. Dhurandhar, David B. Allison

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In 2013, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a complex, chronic disease requiring medical attention. Defining obesity as a disease is a very public process, largely driven by expectation of costs and benefits. Although the public has been slow to embrace this definition, evidence is emerging for broader awareness of influencing factors beyond personal choice. This decision seems to be working with other factors to bring more access to care, less blame for people with the condition, and more favorable conditions for research to identify effective strategies for prevention and clinical care to reduce the impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-520
Number of pages10
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Access to health care
  • Chronic disease
  • Health care economics and organizations
  • Health policy
  • Medicalization
  • Obesity
  • Social stigma


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