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Feedback at 5:00: Classifying Obesity as a Disease

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The American Medical Association now classifies obesity as a disease.

The new distinction could lead to policy changes when it comes to interventions and treatments.

With the decision, insurance companies could cover weight loss surgery, counseling, work with nutritionists, and medical weight loss programs.

One in every three American adults is considered obese. It is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers.

The medical costs of obesity in the U.S. states total about $150 billion each year.

What do you think of the new classification? It's today's "Feedback at 5:00."