MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The nation’s largest medical group has just recognized obesity as a disease.
The new distinction may lead to policy changes in terms of interventions and treatments.READ MORE: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
Obesity affects one out of every three American adults. It’s linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers.READ MORE: Omicron Variant: What Experts Know So Far
Previously, the American Medical Association called it a public health problem. Now, by calling it a disease, it could mean more help for people battling obesity.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Police Seek Help Finding Missing Woman
The medical costs of obesity in the U.S. states total about $150 billion annually.