The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease

The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease—meaning it requires medical treatment and prevention. In Yakima County, 31% of adults are considered obese compared to the state average of 26%. According to Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, “One third of Americans are obese – and that’s on top of the one-third who are overweight. Obesity is more than just a matter of carrying around too much fat. The fat cells themselves we thought of for a long time as just warehouses for energy, but they also secrete chemicals, including chemicals that can cause inflammation, raise blood pressure and that down the road help harden the arteries.”
To read more about the AMA’s decision click here: http://nyti.ms/1018ibT

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