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In this Feb. 24, 2012 photo, doughnuts are fried in cooking oil in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Workers’ compensation costs for employers could rise steeply as a result of a decision by the American Medical Association to reclassify obesity as a treatable disease, a new report contends.

The report by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), prompted by AMA’s mid-June decision to approve a resolution reclassifying obesity as “a disease state,” says the AMA effectively declared that one third of all Americans suffer from a medical condition that requires treatment.

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