Did the American Medical Association get it wrong?
I am not an MD or a Phd. I have the battle scars in and upon my body to prove I know something about obesity. I am someone who experienced life as a morbidly obese binge eater/compulsive overeater and I knew that without help, I would likely stay that way. I did stay morbidly obese for over 20 years. Then I was fortunate to find the help I need and I have been a normal body weight for over 6 years - without the assistance of surgery, drugs or 'special' foods.
Binge eating/compulsive overeating are manifestations of an eating disorder. Binge eating and compulsive eating can cause obesity. Obesity is a symptom of an eating disorder. Make that the disease: binge eating and compulsive overeating.
I am no longer obese. If I were under medical treatment for obesity, I would be considered "cured' today. However, I still exhibit the manifestations of my eating disorder so eventually (probably sooner rather than later) I would gain the weight back because the underlying disease of compulsive overeating was not cured, only the most physically apparent symptom. Then, when I was again obese, you would treat the obesity again and ignore the eating disorder - again. - a vicious cycle.
The eating disorder does not go away when the obesity is relieved. There is much more to treating the disease of binge eating/compulsive overeating than reversing the symptom of obesity.