Earlier this week, the AMA adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.

“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” said AMA board member Patrice Harris, MD. “The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes and is working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity.”

According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

Overweight individuals are not just at greater risk of having sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), they are also likely to suffer greater consequences.