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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Some obesity researchers have clear conflict of interest, promoting or investing in products or programs based on their research.
▪ Bruch criticized obesity researchers for failing to recognize that dieting was not only psychologically debilitating but medically simple-minded.
▪ The committee scolded obesity researchers for the short-sightedness of many of their studies.
▪ Many moderate obesity researchers were distressed by the way the review was reported.
▪ Brownell and Rodin are two of the most moderate obesity researchers who have been influential in identifying the risks of dieting.
▪ But obesity researchers rarely agree with each other.
▪ For others, the review simply proved that obesity researchers are yo-yo thinkers.
▪ Since nothing works to treat obesity in most people, physicians have, over the past century, tried almost anything.
▪ The methods doctors use to treat obesity do work in the short term, which is what keeps them going.
▪ And last year, scientists at Rockefeller University identified the gene that appears to be successful in treating obesity in animals.
Obesity can lead to heart disorders and other health problems.
▪ The program is aimed at reducing obesity among women.
▪ Alcohol intake, serum lipids and obesity Alcohol may have several effects on serum lipids.
▪ Although these studies apply to older children the principle should hold for younger children where management problems are frequently linked with obesity.
▪ Bruch criticized obesity researchers for failing to recognize that dieting was not only psychologically debilitating but medically simple-minded.
▪ But obesity researchers rarely agree with each other.
▪ Fat control is still very important for reducing risks for heart disease, some cancers and obesity.
▪ Jarrett dismisses excessive birth weight as being secondary to maternal obesity rather than glucose tolerance abnormalities.
▪ Many moderate obesity researchers were distressed by the way the review was reported.
▪ The first of these is leptin, a messenger chemical that regulates obesity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

obesity \o*bes"i*ty\, n.[L. obesitas: cf. F. ob['e]sit['e].] The state or quality of being obese; excessive body weight; incumbrance of flesh.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French obésité and directly from Latin obesitas "fatness, corpulence," from obesus "that has eaten itself fat," past participle of obdere "to eat all over, devour," from ob "over" (see ob-) + edere "eat" (see edible).


n. The state of being obese due to an excess of body fat.


n. more than average fatness [syn: fleshiness]


Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, is over , with the range defined as overweight. Some East Asian countries use lower values. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility. A few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications, or mental illness. Evidence to support the view that obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is not generally supported. On average, obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

Obesity is mostly preventable through a combination of social changes and personal choices. Changes to diet and exercising are the main treatments. Diet quality can be improved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense foods, such as those high in fat and sugars, and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber. Medications may be taken, along with a suitable diet, to reduce appetite or decrease fat absorption. If diet, exercise, and medication are not effective, a gastric balloon or surgery may be performed to reduce stomach volume or bowel length, leading to feeling full earlier or a reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. In 2014, 600 million adults (13%) and 42 million children under the age of five were obese. Obesity is more common in women than men. Authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Obesity is stigmatized in much of the modern world (particularly in the Western world), though it was seen as a symbol of wealth and fertility at other times in history and still is in some parts of the world. In 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease.

Obesity (journal)

Obesity is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal covering research into obesity. It was established in 1993 under the name Obesity Research, obtaining its current name in 2006. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Obesity Society, of which it is the official journal. The editor-in-chief is Eric Ravussin ( Pennington Biomedical Research Center). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 4.389.

Usage examples of "obesity".

Such pituitary failure in young produces dwarfism, a tendency to gross obesity, and arrested sexual development.

Far from being a bare-bones policy, Medicaid covers such procedures as biofeedback, impotence treatment, sex-change operations, computerized tomography, and even obesity treatment.

I contemplated food phobias, the more I became convinced that people who habitually avoid certifiably delicious foods are at least as troubled as people who avoid sex, or take no pleasure from it, except that the latter will probably seek psychiatric help, while food phobics rationalize their problem in the name of genetic inheritance, allergy, vegetarianism, matters of taste, nutrition, food safety, obesity, or a sensitive nature.

Galium is astringent, and therefore of service in some bleedings, as well as in diarrhoea, and for obesity.

This is actually on the high side, and obesity hi some parts of the population had become as much of a problem as malnutrition in others.

Ralfs of various degrees of obesity they snake-danced, past a 300 pound weakling in a leopard-skin bathing suit masquerading as Charles Atlas they shoved, between the guy in the tinfoil robot suit and a girl in long brown flasher raincoat that looked like it had served as a kleenex for a herd of elephants with eyes looked like she bit the heads off live kittens, through an assortment of ninjas, monsters, Martian drag queens and whatever, and down the stairs to the basement.

Recently, Leichtenstein, observing in a case of myxedema treated with the thyroid gland that the subcutaneous fat disappeared with the continuance of the treatment, was led to adopt this treatment for obesity itself and reports striking results.

But their ungraceful obesity displeased him, and they were immediately dismissed.

From that vantage point, he saw a pitifully overweight man, the flesh hanging sad inches over his beltline, more than just pudgy, shadowing into obesity, promising heart disease and kidney weakness, and all of the other flesh failures that obesity brought into existence.

Also check with your doctor if you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high total cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle.

He holds that the observations in myxedema, in obesity, and psoriasis warrant the belief that the thyroid gland eliminates a material having a regulating influence upon the constitution of the panniculus adiposus and upon the nutrition of the skin in general.

She was a mature, almost overmature woman, whose impressive proportions were verging on obesity.

While it may not have been much in the way of taste, it was probably very high in calories judging by the obesity of some of the other prisoners.

C-SPAN without being subjected to the spectacle of some movie star eagerly testifying about disease, childhood obesity, Alar on apples, circus elephants, or the plight of farmers.

As he told long, unfunny jokes, thrummed on the piano, and danced with wonky corpulence, he had become aware that his audience was by no means a captive one, and so began to simulate an even more toe-curling pathos, recounting his long history of failure, telling of previous flops with a forgiving smile, simpering into the microphone about his obesity, lack of rehearsing time, alcoholism, etc.