obe·​si·​ty | \ ō-ˈbē-sə-tē How to pronounce obesity (audio) \

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

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Examples of obesity in a Sentence

obesity has been linked to a number of health risks, such as heart disease
Recent Examples on the Web The analysis controlled for a long list of variables, including population density, income, race and age, as well as community health indicators such as prevalence of smokers, adult obesity, preventable hospital stays and physical inactivity. NOLA.com, "New research shows disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths in Louisiana, other polluted areas," 11 Sep. 2020 City leaders and experts have pointed to low rates of health care access and high rates of chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease in those parts of town as reasons why death rates there have been so high. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Using sales tax for San Antonio worker training program could improve health conditions in areas hit hardest by the novel coronavirus," 8 Sep. 2020 Those health problems range from lung disease and serious heart conditions to severe obesity and diabetes. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "714 new cases, 6 deaths from COVID-19 reported in Minnesota," 6 Sep. 2020 And those with obesity (with or without associated co-morbidities) are also at higher risk for contracting the virus. NBC News, "This is what actual science says about kids and COVID-19," 4 Sep. 2020 But diet, and its contributions to obesity, may be a cause. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Chadwick Boseman Was 43 When He Died of Colon Cancer — and Cases in Young Adults Are Rising," 31 Aug. 2020 In addition to contributing to clogged arteries, such stresses may lead to abdominal obesity, higher blood pressure and inflammation, and even irregular heartbeat, Albert said. Tatiana Sánchez, SFChronicle.com, "Does racism make us sick? Amid a national reckoning, the question gains new importance," 24 Aug. 2020 In England, 11,117 hospital admissions were attributed to obesity in the year 2018-2019. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "A new anti-obesity coronavirus campaign is a nightmare for eating disorder sufferers," 13 Aug. 2020 Those health problems range from lung disease and serious heart conditions to severe obesity and diabetes. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, "934 more COVID-19 confirmed cases, 2 more deaths in Minnesota," 30 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of obesity

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obesity

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French obesité, borrowed from Latin obēsitāt-, obēsitās, from obēsus "fat, stout" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at obese

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The first known use of obesity was circa 1611

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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Obesity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obesity. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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obe·​si·​ty | \ ō-ˈbē-sət-ē How to pronounce obesity (audio) \
plural obesities

Medical Definition of obesity

: 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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