ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-obesity (audio)
: used to treat obesity
anti-obesity drugs
: designed or intended to prevent obesity or reduce the incidence of obesity
anti-obesity campaigns/programs

Examples of anti-obesity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s hope that more states will add Medicaid coverage for anti-obesity medications during the current state legislative session as budgets are discussed, Kate McEvoy, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, told Verywell. Fran Kritz, Verywell Health, 17 May 2024 Roche is one of several pharma companies racing to break the anti-obesity drug duopoly held by Ozepmic maker Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly, which produces Zepbound and Mounjaro. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 16 May 2024 An August 2023 study found associative learning impairments caused by obesity can be restored with liraglutide, an anti-obesity medication also known as Saxenda or Victoza. Lauryn Higgins, Health, 16 Apr. 2024 The first group was prescribed semaglutide, while the second was prescribed anti-obesity drugs that weren’t GLP-1 receptor agonists. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2024 In 2003, Arkansas became the first state to send home BMI reports about all students as part of a broader anti-obesity initiative. Kavitha Cardoza, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 This study notes its value as an anti-obesity agent. Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 While anti-obesity medications are beneficial to heart health in some ways, some drugs like Wegovy (Semaglutide), may also increase your heart rate and cause other cardiovascular issues. David Snyder, Verywell Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Should Medicare cover the new generation of anti-obesity drugs? Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-obesity was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-obesity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​ti-obe·​si·​ty -ō-ˈbē-sət-ē How to pronounce anti-obesity (audio)
: used to treat obesity : promoting the loss of excessive bodily fat
anti-obesity drugs may inhibit energy intake, inhibit fat absorption, enhance energy expenditure or stimulate fat mobilization.John Worobey, in Nutrition & Behavior: A Multidisciplinary Approach
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