American Medical Association designates obesity as a disease

Is it a disease or a lifestyle that needs to be changed?

Tuesday the American Medical Association decided to recognize obesity as a disease.

At the Kroc Center in South Bend the fitness staff is happy to share several success stories of people who may have been considered obese yet have now lost weight.

Fitness experts argue that diseases usually are treated with medicine whereas obesity should be treated with a change in lifestyle.

The manager of athletics, health, and fitness at the Kroc Center, Sandy Sampson, says, “I think it's important to identify the problem or identify the issues. If the screening is necessary to identify the issues and there need to be some changes made to nutrition and activity… than yes so be it. I don't think giving medications is the solution.”

Studies show that 30 percent of Americans are considered obese and if the problem continues, more than 40 percent will end up obese by 2030.

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