Designation of Obesity as a Disease

Lessons Learned From Alcohol and Tobacco

Ryan T. Hurt, Jithinraj Edakkanambeth Varayil, Manpreet S. Mundi, Robert Martindale, Jon O. Ebbert

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Abstract

Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in the USA. The American Medical Association recently recognized obesity as meeting the definition of a chronic disease. This declaration had the intention of improving screening and long-term treatment and is historically similar to the designation of tobacco and alcohol dependence as a chronic disease. Nevertheless, it has ignited a nationwide debate in both academia and public opinion. The current article reviews the implications of treating obesity as a chronic disease, comparing the similarities in pathophysiology of obesity and other addictions, and discusses the pros and cons of this designation as it pertains to health care workers and patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Gastroenterology Reports
Volume16
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Tobacco
Obesity
Alcohols
Chronic Disease
Tobacco Use Disorder
Public Opinion
American Medical Association
Alcoholism
Cause of Death
Delivery of Health Care
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Disease
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Medicine(all)

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Designation of Obesity as a Disease : Lessons Learned From Alcohol and Tobacco. / Hurt, Ryan T.; Edakkanambeth Varayil, Jithinraj; Mundi, Manpreet S.; Martindale, Robert; Ebbert, Jon O.

In: Current Gastroenterology Reports, Vol. 16, No. 11, 2014.

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Hurt, Ryan T. ; Edakkanambeth Varayil, Jithinraj ; Mundi, Manpreet S. ; Martindale, Robert ; Ebbert, Jon O. / Designation of Obesity as a Disease : Lessons Learned From Alcohol and Tobacco. In: Current Gastroenterology Reports. 2014 ; Vol. 16, No. 11.
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