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Push to Recognize Obesity as a Disease

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There is a renewed push for states and the federal government to recognize obesity as a disease.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is in Lansing trying to convince legislators to pass a law requiring Michigan to cover obesity medicines for seniors.

Taking a look at obesity by the numbers, in 1995 18% of Michigan's population was obese.

The rate climbed to 32% by 2010. Half could be obese by 2030.

Michigan is the 10th fattest state in the nation.

According to a state report, nearly one in 3 Michigan children between the ages of 10 and 17 are also considered overweight, or obese.

The estimated costs of obesity in 2008 in our state alone were more than $3 billion.

Some experts say this could be the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than it's parents.

Do you believe obesity is a disease, or is a choice a person makes?