Opinion: Recognizing obesity as a disease, not a choice, is a step toward health equity

When the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease in 2013, doctors and other health care workers began to pay greater attention to a condition that is a cause of death for nearly one out of five adults in America. Eight years on, U.S. policies have failed to catch up with medical understanding in addressing this public health crisis.

Without the right kinds of policy interventions, nearly half of Americans will have obesity by 2030.

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