American Medical Association: Obesity is a Disease but Not a Disability
The American Medical Association (AMA) finds that obesity is a disease but not a disability. In a resolution passed by the AMA on June 16 2009 and reported by various news services including ABC news The argument against disability was as follows
"If obesity is designated as a disability, physicians could be sued or reprimanded for discrimination under the Americans with Disability Act if a patient takes offense at the physician discussing obesity," the resolution states. "Therefore be it resolved that our American Medical Association not support the effort to make obesity a disability."
The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush July 26 1990 and later amended with changes effective January 1 2009. The entire Act after the amended changes can be found at this link.
Read the Act and read why AMA considers obesity a disease that needs public education and attention and then return and write your opinion whether you think obesity is a disability to be included in the Act and what you think of the AMA’s rationale for stating obesity is NOT a disability. ..Maurice.
Graphic: Image in the public domain from Wikipedia. Painting by an Italian painter 17th century.