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

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Attorney Steve Brody likened the state’s case to forcing fast-food restaurants to pay for anti-obesity programs. Washington Post, "Judge refuses to move trial against California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter," 9 July 2019 Studies have shown that states with higher minimum wages are associated with decreased rates of smoking, drinking and obesity for low-income workers. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Emeryville showdown looms over nation’s highest minimum wage," 8 July 2019 Throughout the obesity study, the researchers monitored an array of surrogate endpoints, such as fasting blood sugar levels, markers for inflammation, and cholesterol. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New York Times falls for “obesity probiotic” hype," 5 July 2019 On the same day as his announcement, a report by Cancer Research UK found that obesity caused more cases of cancer than tobacco in Britain. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 Supporters of the bill cited health studies, including one by the Center for Disease Control that said obesity affected about 93.3 million of U.S. adults in 2016. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "How ‘Big Soda’ used its clout to stop 5 of 5 California laws to regulate sugary drinks," 3 July 2019 And compression therapy is said to reduce inflammation and fluid collection, help remove toxins such as lactic acid, improve blood circulation, prevent and eliminate varicose veins, and strengthen loose skin caused by pregnancy or obesity. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Afloat In Avon: Wellness Therapy Promotes Relaxation, Relieves Sports Injuries," 2 July 2019 An article on Page 30 about fertility and obesity misidentifies the nationalities of the authors of a 2017 study in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. New York Times, "Corrections: June 23, 2019," 23 June 2019 Following the completion of their residencies, Joseph will be working in weight management and obesity medicine and Japa will be working as a hospitalist. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019

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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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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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