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“Obesity: Is it Really a Disease?”

No doubt, the obesity epidemic is in full stride.  Some researchers have said, “Even a small pot belly can increase the risk of heart disease,” They said, “waist size, rather than overall body weight, is a key indicator of heart disease and that adding a few inches to the waist increased the risk of damage in the arteries, even if body weight remained within the normal range.”  They have said that even a waist circumference of 32in (81.3cm) for a woman, and 37in (94cm) for a man represents a “significant” raised risk.  In June of 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) decided to label “obesity as a disease.”  Yet, the official definition of “disease” hardly fits the obese condition, i.e., “a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors.”

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