obe·​so·​gen·​ic | \ ə-ˌbē-sə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce obesogenic (audio) \

Definition of obesogenic

: promoting excessive weight gain : producing obesity an obesogenic environment

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Recent Examples on the Web The rules insulate you from the come-hither, obesogenic, food environment known as normal. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "Why ‘moderation’ is the worst weight-loss advice ever," 21 Oct. 2020 Before about 1950, few of us faced an obesogenic environment. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "Why you should be skeptical about diets tailored for your DNA," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of obesogenic

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obesogenic

obese + -o- + -genic

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“Obesogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obesogenic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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obe·​so·​gen·​ic | \ ə-ˌbē-sə-ˈje-nik, ō- How to pronounce obesogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of obesogenic

: 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, 5 Nov. 2004

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