Obesity



the condition of being very fat or overweight; corpulence:
His obesity puts him at risk for major health problems.
Contemporary Examples

Some cite elevated rates of obesity and rising maternal age, which both increase the C-section risk.
Home Birth: Increasingly Popular, But Dangerous Michelle Goldberg June 24, 2012

Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.
Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail Carrie Arnold December 29, 2014

According to new figures, the scale of the obesity crisis in the UK has been underestimated.
Britain’s Weighty Issue Emma Woolf January 19, 2014

The ‘obesity Epidemic’ Hits Coachella So do ‘Regis and the Philbins’ and several other made-up bands.
Ellen DeGeneres, George W. Bush, A.J. Clemente & More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video April 26, 2013

This highly successful program reduces both hunger and obesity, and has prevented more than 500,000 babies from dying at birth.
Washington’s Hunger Games: Sequester’s Cuts to Food Assistance Programs Joel Berg February 28, 2013

Historical Examples

He was now nearly sixty, wearied by adversity, and a sufferer from gout and obesity.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 1 Various

But bear in mind that obesity and stoutness are not synonymous terms.
Woman William J. Robinson

They were of an eagle-brown colour, and many of them appeared well conditioned, even to obesity.
An Englishman’s Travels in America John Benwell

The Polynesian is more subject to obesity than the Melanesian.
The Races of Man Joseph Deniker

It is to this period, we suppose, we must refer his testimony to his own obesity in his “Epistle to my Lady Coventry.”
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 120, October, 1867. Various

n.

1610s, from French obésité and directly from Latin obesitas “fatness, corpulence,” from obesus “that has eaten itself fat,” past participle of obdere “to eat all over, devour,” from ob “over” (see ob-) + edere “eat” (see edible).

obesity o·be·si·ty (ō-bē’sĭ-tē)
n.
The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
obesity
(ō-bē’sĭ-tē)
The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.

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