Over the years, a number of papers and commentaries have been published to address this question.
How obesity is defined is influenced by a number of factors – from ideology to physiology to policy, to name a few. The American Medical Association, The Obesity Society, and Canadian Medical Association all consider obesity as a disease. However, perhaps as a reflection of its complexity, others haven’t defined obesity as a disease per se, but as a natural consequence of living in an environment that includes abundant, energy dense foods and technologies of convenience to minimize energy expenditure. For additional perspective, regardless of what direction you lean on this topic, check out the recent commentary below.