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6/22/13: Orlando Sentinal, In labeling obesity a disease, AMA creates controversy, by Marni Jamison.

“Linda Bacon, a nutritionist at University of California, Davis, said, “I’m appalled that the AMA chose to ignore science and name obesity a disease.” Bacon, author of “Health at Every Size,” joins other critics in noting that the definition of obesity — basically how one’s weight and height ratio stacks up on a BMI chart — is imprecise, and only defines size not health. “The AMA just determined that some people are sick based on how they look,” said Bacon. “What’s next? Will they pronounce being black as a disease because there are higher rates of cardiovascular disease in black communities?””

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