The New York Times - Fifteen years ago, in July 2000, a Newsweek cover depicted an overweight boy clutching a giant, melting ice cream cone. “Fat for Life?” read the headline.
Two years ago, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease. That classification has not come without controversy. But Nikhil Dhurandhar, a professor of nutrition at Texas Tech University and the president of the Obesity Society, a group of obesity researchers, said the change was the culmination of changing awareness that obesity is a complex condition with health consequences, not just an aesthetic problem or a sign of a weak will.