|A disease-filled hot tub.|
Now the AMA has said the same thing about obesity. (Here's the story.) It is a disease, not a condition or an affliction. It is likely to become eligible for federal treatment and study funds. The stigma of being fat could be reduced, much as the alcoholism stigma took a pretty serious hit.
I'm not sure how to feel about this ruling because most fat Americans are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little, not because of glands gone wild. It is a pretty simple cause/effect. But you can say the same about alcoholism: you drink too much, you get drunk, you can become a practicing alcoholic. For those of us in the category, there is the additional issue of our natural proclivity toward the disease. Maybe so for the obese, as well. I'm no doc, and I don't know.
If this ruling helps slim down the population, then it is a good ruling. If it works the other way, it is a bad one. My guess is that it won't do much of anything.