Obesity Now Considered a 'Disease'

Obesity Now Considered a 'Disease'

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease. People in the nation's fattest state, Mississippi, shared reaction to the news.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (localmemphis.com) - The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease. People in the nation's fattest state, Mississippi, shared their reactions to the news.

Mississippian Matthew Nasekos said, "Is it a disease or something that we bring on ourself?"

"I don't think it's a disease, but it's definitely a problem," said Mississippian Jeane Williams.

Mississippi aside, about a third of adults in the country are obese. Residents say it boils down to self control.

"A lot of self control issues but I guess there's a lot of underlying issues that cause people to overeat, but education is definitely one of them; people following what each generation did and passing that lifestyle onto their children," said Mississippian Brian Utley.

Just being overweight does more than enlarge the waistline. Obesity is linked to heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Despite the AMA's decision, public opinion varies on whether being obese is a lifestyle or disease.

"When I see people out and go shopping, and my wife and I are out at restaurants it's not a surprise, it's a shame that people choose that lifestyle and that's how they want their bodies to be, and that's unhealthy," said Mississippian Tim Anderson.

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 35 percent of Mississippi residents weigh in at 30 pounds or more above their ideal weight.
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