obe·si·ty | \ ō-ˈbē-sə-tē \

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

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The United States leads the world in highest rates of childhood obesity. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "5 things moms can do to reduce child obesity risk, according to a new study," 11 July 2018 During the same Geneva meeting where the breast-feeding resolution was debated, the United States succeeded in removing statements supporting soda taxes from a document that advises countries grappling with soaring rates of obesity. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials," 8 July 2018 The study also found mothers and children who follow healthier lifestyles lower the risk of childhood obesity by 82 percent. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Moms could be to blame for childhood obesity, Harvard study suggests," 5 July 2018 When mom consumed between one and seven servings per week, her kids’ risk of obesity was between 11% and 20% lower, respectively. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018 These are the kinds of child-feeding practices parents of young children need to have in their arsenal to prevent early childhood obesity. Cynthia Lebron, Mph, miamiherald, "Your child wants chips. You want them to have fruit. Here's how to tackle that.," 27 June 2018 Being 360, said the investment signifies the organization’s prioritization of local farming, reducing childhood obesity and addressing social determinants of health. Maya Moore, courant.com, "KNOX's New Urban Greenhouse Doubles Space For Farmers, Produce," 11 June 2018 Of course, there was also the Obama-era public health campaign to eliminate childhood obesity called Let's Move. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Malia Obama Was Spotted in New York City Wearing New Braids," 4 June 2018 Mom’s own weight status appeared to exert an outsize influence on her kids’ risk for obesity. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018

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circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of obesity was circa 1611

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obe·si·ty | \ ō-ˈbē-sət-ē \
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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