3 It's a condition that affects millions of Americans - Obesity. Now the largest organization of doctors in the country says Obesity is a disease. Channel 4's Alicia Booth spoke with some local medical experts about what this change means for people fighting the battle of the bulge. 3 00-1010-1556-1:071:25- 1:351:36-2:06 When it comes to obesity there are many people in the medical community who feel it's a case of pay me now or pay me later.And Jacksonville clearly has a problem. 3 "Obesity is horrible.In Jacksonville, we are the 12th fattest city." And Dr. Miro Uchal should know.As a bariatric and laproscopic surgeon at St. Vincent's, he regularly performs weight loss surgery on people who are in desperate need because of other health issues associated with obesity.He believes the American Medical Association's decision to treat obesity as a disease will allow doctors to help patients PREVENT the problem instead of just react to it."it makes sense to invest in prevention cuz in the long run, will save you the money." At nearly 250 pounds, administrative assistant Tobi Bohm says bariatric surgery and the weight loss that followed saved her life.Obesity had consumed her. "It takes over your life, just like any other disease does and it does really run your life as to what you can and can't do.. it's overwhelming." Tobi has lost about 90 pounds. She tells us the AMA's decision to classify obesity as a disease is a great one. "I think it could help so many people." "My initial thought was it's about time..I think it's a very good decision." While the director of graduate studies in Nursing at UNF concedes there will be costs up front.. it's a case of pay me now or pay me later. "Right now insurance companies are paying a lot later. They're paying for hip replacements and knee replacements that perhaps would not be necessary had the patient lost weight." We also spoke with UNF adjunct professor John Gerson about the potential costs.He brings up the point that any time more claims are filed, it costs more money for insurance companies up front .With obesity affecting millions of people, think about how many new claims there could be. The hope is that in the long run, the additional coverage will lower costs.Reporting from Riverside Alicia Booth, channel 4, The local station.