Obesity: America’s Newest Disease
I get it… drug companies need diseases to make money. But even I have to admit it is kind of laughable that within a week of the introduction of the new FDA-approved weight loss drug Belviq into the U.S. market, the American Medical Association (AMA) makes obesity a “disease.”
Doctors have been raving about how Belviq will be another weapon in the fight against obesity, but in a study, the average weight loss over the course of a year using Belviq was 3.7% more of a person’s total body weight than the patients on placebo. A simple change in eating and exercise habits could easily achieve the same effect.
That’s where my problem with all of this lies. By making obesity a disease, aren’t we ultimately encouraging even more people to pass on exercise and diet in place of dependence on pharmaceuticals and surgery to “cure” them?