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  • adjective Referring to the branch of medicine bariatrics, the treatment of obesity and weight problems.


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From Ancient Greek βαρύς (barus, "heavy") + Ancient Greek ἰατρός (iatros, "doctor") + -ic



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  • "Two hundred years on, I'm in a bariatric ambulance (an alternative term for obese, favoured by the medical world because it's less shaming to patients) investigating why the UK is in the midst of an obesity crisis."

    - Jacques Peretti, Why our food is making us fat, The Guardian, 11 June 2012.

    Aside: interesting anecdote at the top of that article about Britain's first obese man.

    January 29, 2013