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Were you injured in Burger King?

Ahh, the lines for disability have doubled, there is a whole class of injured people who were misguided by Burger king over and over. One of their hamburgers & fries is 1500 calories. Oh My!!! Where were the cons when this ruling came down? Oh, the BK line getting that double cheesy greasy burger! lol imagine the lawsuits coming down the pike like with tobacco!!

AMA creates controversy

Orlando, Fla. - When the American Medical Association this past week declared obesity a disease - a move that instantly labeled one-third of Americans as sick - it launched a controversy not seen since alcoholism received the disease designation.

Hailed by some obesity experts as a long-overdue victory, the news from the nation's largest and most respected medical group was denounced by others who say the move fuels the stigma against obese Americans.

Fat activists promptly started the IAmNotADisease hashtag on Twitter, and a petition demanding that the AMA reverse its position, which had nearly 1,200 signatures by Friday.

Calling obesity a disease will open doors to better treatment and better reimbursements, said Dr. Steve Smith, president-elect of The Obesity Society, which has referred to obesity as a disease since 2008.

"It adds legitimacy to the problem, will help raise public awareness and will get doctors engaged in treating the condition," said Smith, also scientific director for the Florida Hospital-Sanford Burnham Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, in Orlando.

The AMA's decision "is a defining moment," said Joe Nadglowski, president of the Obesity Action Coalition, a national nonprofit based in Tampa, Fla., that helps those struggling with obesity. "It puts obesity on the same path as treatments for addictions to alcohol or tobacco, and mental health problems, such as depression."

A few decades ago, those conditions were also perceived as behavioral problems, said Nadglowski. "Once we realized they involved a disease process, that drove better coverage, better treatment, and real change."

In making the call, the AMA aims to reduce the incidence of obesity-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, said AMA board member Dr. Patrice Harris in a statement accompanying the announcement.

More than 35 percent of Americans are currently obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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