obesity

noun
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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In her research, Holt-Lunstad has found that the physical impact of loneliness is comparable to that of obesity. Maggie Bullock, Vogue, "Is Telefitness the Wave of the Future? Or Another Way Tech Is Keeping Us Apart?," 15 May 2019 But with that in mind, the study of probiotics and obesity looks promising, though the specific link not entirely clear. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019 Michelle Obama attempted to address childhood obesity one push-up at a time. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 Life expectancy, yes, but also environmental factors like access to clean water and sanitation, as well as a lack of tobacco use and obesity. Vogue, "These Are the Healthiest Countries in the World," 26 Feb. 2019 To see if these results were generalizable, the researchers did a similar experiment using a genetic risk factor for obesity. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Genetic information as self-fulfilling prophecy," 17 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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