America is getting bigger. Not as a country, but the people. The size of Americans has been trending upward for years now. Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don’t cover now.
The move is a response to the increasing number of health advocates and medical groups that say obesity should be classified as a disease.
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea, but this summer, the American Medical Association determined that obesity is a disease. The organization followed in the footsteps of the Obesity Society, a health advocacy group that called obesity a disease back in 2008. Citing genetic history as the reason why so many Americans are obese, the association hopes to draw more light to the issue by calling it a disease.
Is it a disease or is it a lifestyle choice? Listen to NPR’s report on the pro’s and con’s here