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Obesity is Declared a Disease by the American Medical Association yet Americans are Living Longer
Date:7/30/2013

nst any possible complications that may arise as a result of treatment. For example, leading institutions including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have advised that any senior weight loss program should not result in insufficient intake of important minerals and nutrients. Bone health is a concern for many elderly people, and a diet that reduces calcium intake may be harmful to an older person.

Those are the problems associated with obesity – particularly among older Americans. So why is it that seniors, despite having an obesity rate unparalleled in history, are living longer than ever?

The answer seems to be that, while obesity is indeed on the rise, so are advancements in senior health care, and these advancements can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to minimizing some of the negative symptoms and effects of obesity. A 2011 Economist article titled Long Live the Fat American begins by painting a bleak picture: “AMERICA'S obesity epidemic is so called for a reason. Roughly one in three adults is obese. In 2008 close to 25 million Americans were diabetic, according to a study published on June 25th.”

From there, the article declares, “Nevertheless, Americans are living longer than ever.”

The reason: “America's most rotund citizens benefit from bypass surgery and cholesterol-lowering statins. The prevalence of high cholesterol and blood pressure among the obese in 1999-2000 was about half what it was in the early 1960s.”

Advancements in senior health insurance are also given credit for keeping elderly people who are obese healthier and long-lived. Medicare preventive services aimed at obesity are available at no cost to Medicare recipients with a BMI of 30 or more, and are known to have saved lives.

Currently, Medicare also pays for other treatment
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