The move by the American Medical Assn. board means that one-third of adults and 17% of children in the U.S. have a medical condition that requires treatment.
The American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.
The nation's leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes.
You think SS/SSI is abused now ?
I can envision fat people across America with bad backs, bad knees, bad lungs, bad hearts sitting in front the TV at 9:45am watching a commercial break from the Maury show about a lawyer who promises to get you the SS benefits you deserve. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, they will become a protected class with entitlements to special treatment and consideration which I fear will be sorely abused. You think Walmart has some scooters now ? Just wait, even without Walmarts scooters there will still be the fleet of scooters we will supply as taxpayers and have to dodge as we wheel our carts through the isles.
Maybe I'm too cynical but I don't know if that Pandora's box should have been opened at this time.