Yes, obesity is a disease, say experts

The question of whether obesity should be called a disease has sparked controversy for decades, but experts from the World Obesity Federation say they are in no doubt it should be accepted as such.

The organisation notes that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process except that the toxic or pathological agent is food rather than a microbe.

In their Obesity Reviews position statement, Dr George Bray and colleagues examine how an abundance of food, low physical activity and several other environmental factors interact with genetic susceptibility.

They draw parallels to chronic