Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having excessive body weight caused by the accumulation of fat; extremely fat. synonym: fat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Exceedingly corpulent; fat: fleshy.
  • In entomology, very much larger than usual; appearing as if distended with food, as the abdomen of a meloë or oil-beetle.
  • Specifically, of or pertaining to the Obesa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Excessively corpulent; fat; fleshy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Extremely overweight, especially: weighing more than 20% (for men) or 25% (for women) over their ideal weight determined by height and build; or, having a body mass index over 30 kg/m2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective excessively fat

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin obēsus, from past participle of *obedere, to eat away : ob-, away; see ob– + edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin obesus, derived from obedere ("to devour, eat away"), from ob ("away") + edere ("to eat")

Examples

  • The UK is on course to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2050 with 60\% of men and 50\% of women classed as obese* and surgical weight loss controls are becoming evermore popular.

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  • The UK is on course to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2050 with 60\% of men and 50\% of women classed as obese* and surgical weight loss controls are becoming evermore popular.

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  • The UK is on course to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2050 with 60\% of men and 50\% of women classed as obese* and surgical weight loss controls are becoming evermore popular.

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  • "I was just shocked to hear the word obese related to me."

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  • Doctors who use the word "obese" in their notes may risk alienating patients.

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  • Last year, she suggested doctors start bluntly telling their patients they were "fat" because it would have more "impact" than the word obese.

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  • Doctors who use the word "obese" in their notes may risk alienating patients.

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  • And if a child is obese by the age of thirteen, he or she is likely to remain obese for life.

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  • These results suggest that symptoms of ADHD are more common in obese individuals (irrespective of BED status) and that the D3 receptor may play a role in the manifestation of the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms of ADHD.

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  • These studies show that compromised oocyte and early embryo mitochondrial metabolism, resulting from excessive nutrient exposure prior to and during conception, may underlie poor reproductive outcomes frequently reported in obese women.

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