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Obesity - Now called a disease

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People who eat too much and have gained a few too many pounds now have a disease.

The American Medical Association this week declared obesity a disease.

Previously, the AMA, which is the nation's largest medical group referred to obesity as a major public health problem.

The new classification is aimed at helping to change the way the medical community tackles the issue, in terms of interventions, prevention and research.

Dr. Bill Kose with Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay says the new designation will affect physicians, patients and the health insurance industry.

It's estimated that about one in three Americans are obese.

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