obesity

noun obe·si·ty \ ō-ˈbē-sə-tē \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of obesity

: a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body
  • Obesity affects not just appearance, but disease processes as well.
  • —Malorye Allison

Examples of obesity in a Sentence

  1. obesity has been linked to a number of health risks, such as heart disease

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First Known Use of obesity

circa 1611

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obesity

noun obe·si·ty \ ō-ˈbē-sət-ē \

medical Definition of obesity

plural obesities
: a condition that is characterized by excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body and that in an adult is typically indicated by a body mass index of 30 or greater


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