obesity

noun
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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A single year might be a blip, but the reasons for the increase in death rate (including obesity and drug overdoses) suggested that might not be the case. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US life expectancy continues to move in reverse," 29 Nov. 2018 These long stretches of sitting have been associated with a variety of health concerns, including increased risks for diabetes, obesity and poor cholesterol profiles. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both," 13 June 2018 In fact, the prevalence of obesity among children under 5 on government assistance is 19%, five points higher than the national average. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 In Berkeley, revenue from soda taxes goes to children’s health programs in low-income areas that are battling particularly high rates of childhood obesity. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 Also, children with morbid obesity, on long-term aspirin therapy, immunosuppression, residing in a chronic care facility, or with chronic medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease, asthma, diabetes. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 Research shows that infants who have been breastfed have lower rates of asthma, obesity, diabetes, SIDS, and ear and respiratory infections. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Why breastfeeding is the "gold standard" for babies' health," 10 July 2018 Alternative sweeteners have become a hot commodity as research continues to link sugar intake with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Doctor drops UCSF post for a career in dates," 20 June 2018 In this tale of two cities — Chicago and New York — Sarah Kliff explores two very different approaches to fighting obesity. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 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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The first known use of obesity was circa 1611

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obesity

noun
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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