“The vote of the A.M.A. House of Delegates went against the conclusions of the association’s Council on Science and Public Health, which had studied the issue over the last year. The council said that obesity should not be considered a disease mainly because the measure usually used to define obesity, the body mass index, is simplistic and flawed.”
“Without a single, clear, authoritative, and widely accepted definition of disease, it is difficult to determine conclusively whether or not obesity is a medical disease state,” the council told the AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates. “Similarly, a sensitive and clinically practical diagnostic indicator of obesity remains elusive.”
So let’s get this straight - the AMA council on Science and Public Health is AGAINST the classification of obesity as a “disease” (hey, look! proof! warning for headless fatties!) - but you know, fuck that, BECAUSE OF REASONS THAT HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MONEY AND CORRUPTION THAT STARTS IN AMERICAN DOCTORS OFFICES.
In case you didn’t know - along with this announcement comes the release of two new diet products, being pushed in conjunction with the media push surrounding the AMA’s “opinion”.
“Two new obesity drugs — Qsymia from Vivus, and Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai — have entered the market in the last year. Qsymia has not sold well for a variety of reasons, including poor reimbursement and distribution restrictions imposed because of concerns that the drug can cause birth defects. Those restrictions are now being relaxed. Belviq went on sale only about a week ago, so it is too early to tell how it is doing.”
WLS and diet products are big business and pharmaceutical companies looking to MAKE MONEY - which the AMA is feeding directly into, and has been for a long time.
The pressure has been turned up. The fatty political movements will feel the blow, as will the nature of our society, which is fragile enough as it is when we are in a state of feeling constant shame about our bodies and health.
But fuck all if you think we’re about to be silent about it.