obe·​so·​gen·​ic ə-ˌbē-sə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce obesogenic (audio)
: promoting excessive weight gain : producing obesity
an obesogenic environment

Examples of obesogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Formulated by Ken Thomas and Dr. Michael Yang,Protetox aims to effectively counteract these deadly obesogenic toxins and lead to significant weight loss results. James Robinson, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2022 People live nowadays in these obesogenic food landscapes. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 And corporate lobbyists have blocked regulation of dangerous products like firearms, obesogenic foods and addictive medications. Jacob Bor, Scientific American, 5 Mar. 2021 The rules insulate you from the come-hither, obesogenic, food environment known as normal. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 Before about 1950, few of us faced an obesogenic environment. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019

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Word History


obese + -o- + -genic

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obesogenic was in 1970

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“Obesogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obesogenic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


obe·​so·​gen·​ic ə-ˌbē-sə-ˈje-nik, ō- How to pronounce obesogenic (audio)
: promoting excessive weight gain : producing obesity
Ironically, the US's obesogenic environment is one that societies through the ages have dreamed of: tasty cheap food in abundance, and barely a lick of hard work to be done.Alison Motluk, New Scientist
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