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[ oh-bee-si-tee ]


  1. the condition of being very fat or overweight; corpulence:

    His obesity puts him at risk for major health problems.


/ ō-bēsĭ-tē /

  1. The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.

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Other Words From

  • anti·o·besi·ty adjective noun plural antiobesities
  • over·o·besi·ty noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of obesity1

First recorded in 1605–15; from Middle French obésité, from Latin obēsitāt-, stem of obēsitās, equivalent to obēs(us) obese ( def ) + -i- ( def ) + -tās -ty 2( def )
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Example Sentences

These changes make obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues more likely.

The analysis controlled for a long list of variables, including population density, income, race and age, as well as community health indicators such as prevalence of smokers, adult obesity, preventable hospital stays and physical inactivity.

That mechanism may explain part of why animal-based foods like red meat are associated with higher risk of obesity and diabetes, though it’s not yet clear how much it matters.

Underlying conditions like severe obesity or high blood pressure were linked to more serious illness or death.

GLP-1 drugs include Novo’s Ozempic for diabetes and Saxenda for obesity.

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Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.

The NFL, for instance, has a fitness campaign designed to address childhood obesity.

The show could feature various obesity researchers who might highlight the latest thinking in long-term weight management.

After all, here we are, in the middle of a global obesity crisis; and there they are running a metabolic lab on television.

If The Biggest Loser could correct this misconception, it would do a lot to reduce anti-obesity prejudice.

He was a tall man, which conveniently helped conceal a tendency toward obesity.

Thou, cowardly and treacherous comrade, who hidest thy sick pasha-like obesity in the corner of thy stage-box!

In a letter to Sir Harry Erskine, in 1756, he complains of this tendency to obesity.

In any medical paper to-day you are almost sure to see an article on neurasthenia and obesity.

She was another of those wonders of obesity, unable to stand excepting on all fours.