Perceptions change with time. At one point in history, the popular option for people suffering from a mental illness was an asylum. On that note, is obesity a disability? According to this AP story, the American Medical Association does not believe so. But, is it time that we considered obesity as such? What do you think?
AMA objects to calling obesity a disability
CHICAGO — The American Medical Association has taken action to support doctors’ ability to discuss obesity with their overweight patients.
Under a new policy adopted Tuesday, the AMA formally opposes efforts by advocacy groups to define obesity as a disability.
Doctors fear using that definition makes them vulnerable under disability laws to lawsuits from obese patients who don’t want their doctors to discuss their weight.
Doctors took the action at their annual meeting in Chicago.
In other action Tuesday, the AMA agreed to lobby for legislation to ban selling tobacco in pharmacies.
Health care reform issues are slated to come up later at the meeting, which ends Wednesday