Former Executive Director of the American Obesity Association (AOA)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
"The scientific approach would be well suited to answering the question 'is obesity a disease?' rather than 'should we consider obesity a disease?,' were the former question answerable.
However... the former question is ill posed and does not admit an answer. This is not because of a lack of agreement or understanding about obesity but rather because of a lack of a clear, specific, widely accepted, and scientifically applicable definition of 'disease' that allows one to objectively and empirically determine whether specific conditions are diseases."
"Obesity as a Disease: A White Paper on Evidence and Arguments Commissioned by the Council of The Obesity Society," Obesity journal, Apr. 24, 2008
[Editor's Note: Mr. Downey confirmed his Pro position in a Feb. 10, 2010 email to ProCon.org and directed ProCon.org to his website www.downeyobesityreport.com that stated the following about obesity as a disease.]
"Obesity is the most prevalent, fatal, recurring chronic disease of our lifetime. It is increasing at alarming rates not only in the United States but worldwide."