We keep hearing that modern medicine is evidence based. So why did the AMA create the new disease of obesity by popular vote? The evidence does not show that being overweight is harmful. It does, in fact, show the opposite, that being overweight raises the age of death. But that didn't stop the AMA.
Modern medicine prides itself on being evidence based. That, at least, is their claim. However, when it comes right down to it, the reality is entirely different. This is obvious in the American Medical Association's (AMA's) decision on Tuesday that obesity is now a disease. It makes no difference if an obese person is perfectly healthy. As far as they're concerned, that person suffers from a disease.
How did they come to that decision? They voted on it! Their own Council on Science and Public Health reported that it's difficult to even define obesity and, therefore, makes no sense to call it a disease. Nonetheless, the AMA's House of Delegates, which determines their policies, voted to define obesity as a disease.
So, even though they can't even define obesity, it's now officially a disease. An overweight person may have no health problems, but the AMA has decided that they're fair game for treatment. You know what that means: drugs and surgery, and when that doesn't work, more drugs and more surgery. And when they've made the person genuinely sick, a whole new round of drugs and surgery!
Evidence Based Medicine?
What's that we keep hearing about modern medicine? That it's evidence based? If this doesn't clarify how false that claim is, nothing can. The reality is that most of modern medicine has little or nothing to do with evidence. The claim is hype, a method of promoting allopathic medicine and to try to sideline all others as not being based on evidence.
Even the AMA's own journal, JAMA, has published evidence—real evidence—showing that only those people with a BMI over 35 suffer early death! The claim that extra weight is necessarily unhealthy is utterly false, based on an assumption. As I wrote in Excess Weight Is Healthy, Even to the Point of Obesity: JAMA Study:
They assumed that certain things were true, but did so without any evidence. They assumed that a weight range they believed to be healthy was, by definition, ideal. Thus, they defined any BMI over 25 to be, at a minimum, Overweight. Then, they assumed that there must be a simple progression—that the more you weighed over your "ideal" weight, the worse your health.
They simply didn't bother to look. If they had, they'd have seen the truth. Only the most Obese are harmed by it. Those in between are actually better off for carrying what doctors would call "excess" weight.
This new AMA edict stating that obesity is, by definition, a disease, has little to do with reality. But it does give cover for their treatments. They've started drugging fetuses in the womb to prevent obesity. In spite of the enormous dangers in bariatric surgery, it's growing ever more common.