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Is Obesity a “Disease” or a Trojan Horse? The Debate Inside The AMA.

Mike Magee The vote of the A.M.A. House of Delegates is in – obesity is a disease.(1, 2) But what exactly does that mean? To say that the issue is complex and controversial is an understatement. Just take a look at the debate that preceded the AMA vote. Against Declaring Obesity A Disease:  The AMA […]

AMA Obesity Summit Speech – October 19, 2004

AMA Obesity Summit October 19, 2004 The Real Story Behind Obesity Mike Magee MD Obesity in America has set off all the traditional alarms – it’s an urgent epidemic with catastrophic implications. But to date, the discussion about obesity lacks context. Apparently, the war on obesity is to be waged on old battlegrounds, and the […]

Obesity Prevention: HBO, IOM, CDC, NIH and The White House Go Public May 14 and 15.

Mike Magee Health Commentary has been focused on the challenge of obesity for over a decade. The facts have been clear. But the will to deal effectively with this crisis has been spotty at best. The costs are rising – in financial, human, social and cultural capital – and weighing us down in a thousand […]

How Can We Help Michelle Obama Reverse Childhood Obesity?

Mike Magee Lawrence Gostin, a global health law expert from Georgetown University, in 2007, made the case for greater government involvement in addressing obesity to control the preventable death and disability it causes. He said, “If the problem were related to pathogens, tobacco, or lead paint, most would support aggressive measures to protect innocent individuals […]

What Can We Due To Help Michelle Obama Reverse The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity?

Mike Magee Lawrence Gostin, a global health law expert from Georgetown University, in 2007, made the case for greater government involvement in addressing obesity to control the preventable death and disability it causes. He said, “If the problem were related to pathogens, tobacco, or lead paint, most would support aggressive measures to protect innocent individuals […]

Obesity

2004 AMA National Summit on Obesity Keynote: RWJ Foundation, Princeton, NJ The Cost of Obesity The Cost of Obesity in America   The rate of obesity in America has grown to epidemic proportions.1 Sixty-four percent of Americans in 2000 reported that they were either overweight or obese.2 Rate… http://web.me.com/drmikemagee/Site/HealthPolitics_Archive/Entries/2004/5/19_The_Cost_of_Obesity.html March 14, 2007 Taking Action On Obesity […]

Boomers, Obesity, Dollars – and BUCKAPOUND.

Mike Magee Aging and obesity are two intersecting and compounding megatrends. In the United States, 130 million Americans are either overweight or obese. By 2050, the percentage of U.S. citizens over 65 will reach 20 percent. That’s up from 12 percent today. (1) But the real story is how these two emerging realities play off […]

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