\ō-ˈbēs \

Definition of obese 

: having excessive body fat

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Examples of obese in a Sentence

providing medical treatment for obese patients the basset hound was so obese that its stomach touched the floor

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Today, nearly 1 in 5 children between the ages of 6 and 19 is considered obese, a rate that’s more than tripled since the 1970s. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018 And 10 percent of the global population is considered obese, according the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet," 19 June 2018 One in three children here is considered obese, according to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, compared to one in five nationally, according to the CDC. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Is your kid a phone zombie this summer? Time to get them moving," 14 June 2018 More than 45 percent of children in the Lawrence school district were overweight or obese, according to a 2010 report by the state Department of Public Health, likely from unhealthy or unbalanced diets. Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "In Lawrence, bodegas now carry healthier options," 9 July 2018 The technology can potentially help make blood draws much quicker and easier, especially in difficult populations: children, the elderly, the obese, and people with dark skin (whose veins are more difficult to see on the surface). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 Thirty percent of American adults are obese, and obesity shortens your life by eight years, while heart disease reduces longevity for about 610,000 Americans annually. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 In the study, researchers used data from an English health survey to analyze people who had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (which, despite the fact that BMI is a flawed measurement, is classified as overweight or obese). refinery29.com, "FYI, Body Positivity Is Not "Dangerous" Or Bad For Your Health," 27 June 2018 Participants were sorted into categories based on BMI (normal, overweight, obese) and cardiometabolic health. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of obese

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obese

Latin obesus, from ob- against + esus, past participle of edere to eat — more at ob-, eat

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English Language Learners Definition of obese

: very fat : fat in a way that is unhealthy


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Kids Definition of obese

: very fat

Other Words from obese

obesity \ō-ˈbē-sə-tē \ noun


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Medical Definition of obese 

: having excessive body fat : affected by obesity

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