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

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And obesity rates may be contributing to the rates of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Glassberg says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Almost Half of All U.S. Adults Have Heart Disease or High Blood Pressure," 31 Jan. 2019 Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems, including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. David Carrig, ajc, "Study: Toddlers consuming more sugar than is recommended for adults," 11 June 2018 Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Toddlers are consuming way too much sugar. Study shows many exceed adult recommendations.," 11 June 2018 This year, the Kids Project strives to decrease worldwide depression, obesity rates, and future crime rates by focusing on self-love, mindfulness, and breathing. Arielle Franklin, Health.com, "These 6 Spas and Hotels Are Offering Great Deals for Global Wellness Day," 7 June 2018 North Carolina also has the 16th highest obesity rate in the country, at 31.8 percent. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Family Dollar's founder donated $2 million to a YMCA branch. Here's what it will do.," 31 May 2018 Louisiana in 2017 ranked 8th worst in the nation for the obesity rate among 10- to 17-year-olds, according to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "New Orleans schools among winners of grants to build gardens," 19 Apr. 2018 Greene County's obesity rate was the second highest on the list, behind only Claiborne County, Mississippi at 48 percent. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "Cheese Cottage burglar caught by Mobile police," 12 Mar. 2018 Researchers have identified links between higher obesity rates in children who live in lower income households such as Juanita's. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "First-grader's critical self-portrait is a window into her weight problems: A Greater Cleveland," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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