Should Obesity Be Considered A Disease? - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Should Obesity Be Considered A Disease?

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Augusta, GA - New information in the battle of the bulge shows that Americans aren't faring well against fat.

A Gallup study says 28.2 percent of Georgians are obese, while South Carolina ranks in the top 10 when it comes to the most overweight states in the country.

Now, some experts are posing the question: Should obesity labeled a disease?

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia tells WJBF that labeling obesity as a disease may be the best way to fight the battle of the bulge.

“Once you label it a disease, people may pay more attention to it, because what happened in the last decade is that we gained weight at a high rate, especially in 2, 3 and 4 year olds,” he said.

Calling attention to the problem, and teaching children healthy habits from birth, is the best way to combat obesity, Dr. Bhatia said.

Other doctors say labeling obesity as a disease could backfire – causing overweight people to make less of an effort to become healthy.

We want to hear what you think – weigh in on the debate on our Facebook page.

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