AMA House of Delegates adopts policy to recognize obesity as a disease
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) applauds the American Medical Association (AMA) for its decision on June 18 to adopt policy that recognizes obesity as a chronic disease state.
The AMA House of Delegates (HOD) voted on a resolution to adopt a new policy recognizing obesity as a “disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”
“By providing a rigorous certification pathway for physicians to achieve recognition as specialists in obesity medicine, the ABOM is pleased with the recent decision of the AMA. Our long-term goal is to develop a knowledgeable, competent and compassionate physician work force to tackle this growing epidemic.” says Dr. Robert Kushner, Chair of the ABOM and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
It is important to note that although AMA decisions do not have recognized legal implications, these policy decisions are often referenced by federal and state legislators and other decision makers when setting medical policy and health regulations.