American Medical Association's decision on obesity impacts Oklahoma

TULSA - The American Medical Association's decision to classify obesity as a disease has a lot of Oklahomans talking.

Nearly 1 in 3 Oklahoma residents is considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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They say obesity is a lot like alcoholism and drug abuse.

Many who suffer admit to having a problem but struggle to get their weight under control.

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Experts hope calling it a disease will help everyone understand the impact.

"I'm very excited they've finally taken action and done that. Personally, I feel they're maybe a little behind. I think people who work in this profession and deal with obese people on a regular basis have considered it a disease for quite a while," said Jenni Klufa with Sky Fitness and Wellbeing.

The CDC says obese people spend $1,400 more each year on medical bills than those of normal weight.

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