Is Obesity a Disease?

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It's possible 50 percent of Michigan will be obese by the year 2030. Now, some think the overweight problem should be defined differently.

Wednesday Tommy Thompson, a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will speak at the state capitol urging the federal government to recognize obesity as a disease. Last year the American Medical Association redefined obesity a disease.

Defining excessive food consumption as a disease would allow individuals to tap their healthcare for medical treatment. Thompson wants congress to pass the "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act" that would require Medicare to cover obesity medicines.

Michigan ranks 10th in the country for obesity. A person is considered obese when their Body Mass Index is 30 or higher.

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