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Obesity Is Now A Disease

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The American Medical Association now claims obesity is a disease. And that puts it in the same sort of category as cancer or muscular dystrophy.

On Tuesday, the AMA changed how it categorizes the condition, hoping it would demonstrate the seriousness of the obesity epidemic.

78 million American adults and 12 million children are dealing with obesity.

"I hope that people will know to take it more serious because it can be a serious condition having excess fat around all of your major organs. Is serious," said Trinity Health dietitian Michelle Fundingsland.

To track your body mass index, visit the Centers For Disease website at www.cdc.gov.

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