Definition of fattening in English:



  • (of a food) causing an increase in the weight of someone who eats it.

    • ‘On offer are generous helpings of bacon, ham and other greasy, fattening fare - all the staples associated with traditional Anglo-American cuisine.’
    • ‘We can improve our physical health by taking more exercise and watching what we eat - more fruit and vegetables each day will be healthier and less fattening than fried foods and rich puddings!’
    • ‘Which is the most fattening of these holiday foods?’
    • ‘Experts say if people fill up on healthy foods recommended in the food pyramid, there will be less room for the fattening junk food that helps pack on the pounds.’
    • ‘The article speaks of ‘alcohol’ being fattening.’
    • ‘For example, beer with chips or nuts is a fattening combination.’
    • ‘Because I associated my favorite dishes with love and family in the past, I'm now learning to appreciate the people I care most about - without all the fattening food that has always come with them.’
    • ‘But hey, I'm sure it was less fattening than the jam doughnut milkshake I could have had.’
    • ‘That's largely due to making convenient but fattening diet choices.’
    • ‘Everyone else would get to go home and spend time with their families and eat lots of fattening food.’
    • ‘But others drink it as a less fattening alternative to cow's milk.’
    • ‘Currently, police spend much of the time on a stakeout engaged in idle conversation, eating fattening foods and dozing off.’
    • ‘The issue is that highly sugared foods tend not to have a lot of healthy nutrients and are often made with fattening butter and cream.’
    • ‘I read in the magazine that what makes bread fattening is the topping you put on it.’
    • ‘If I couldn't afford to spend as much money as I do, but also couldn't/didn't want to cook, I wouldn't really be able to avoid the really fattening stuff.’
    • ‘The North Indian liking for all things fat and fattening is well-known.’
    • ‘This year, why not shake things up by serving pumpkin that's not surrounded by a fatty, fattening crust?’
    • ‘Therefore carbohydrates themselves really are not fattening.’
    • ‘Along with larger portions of more fattening food, Americans have become increasingly sedentary over the last couple of decades.’
    • ‘Although it hardly sounds appealing, the steak, Guinness and mushroom pie is very tasty, very filling and very fattening.’
    • ‘Go through your kitchen and, in the box, place all the fattening foods you're rarely able to resist.’
    • ‘I suppose there's a kind of vicarious fantasy in watching someone else eat huge amounts of fattening foods in order to gain 30 pounds and win a contest.’
    • ‘And he was always raised on fried food and southern food, and it was very fattening.’
    • ‘But it is on the question of buns that he becomes most hot and cross, arguing that councillors' reliance on fattening chocolate biscuits is a potential health hazard.’
    • ‘This North African courgette salad is a healthy alternative to hummus, using far less olive oil and missing out fattening tahini paste.’
    • ‘They hold you hostage and feed you horrible fattening food you would never eat anywhere else.’
    • ‘Figuring out which foods are fattening is a popular subject in obesity research.’
    • ‘They're not ‘lured’ in for the playgrounds or happy meals or toys, they are lured in by their desire to eat very fattening and unhealthy food several times a week.’
    • ‘He describes insulin as ‘the fattening hormone’.’
    • ‘It's hard to find seriously fattening Japanese food.’
    • ‘When I think of a fattening food, lasagna is one of the first that comes to mind.’
    • ‘That was one thing that Angel loved about Summer, she always ate such fattening foods, but always had such a slender body.’
    • ‘According to this story from, the new salad can be more fattening than the burgers!’
    • ‘Fortunately our nice IT people made us a very fattening cake to welcome us to our new office.’
    • ‘In practical terms, it is only the protein element of a fattening ration that is relevant; and the main ingredients we use in the UK are maize gluten and soya.’
    • ‘The next step will be to pass out the highly fattening snack foods that everyone will claim they can't possibly eat.’
    • ‘I became vegetarian at about the age of 12, mostly because I found the idea of eating animals repulsive, but also to get me out of potentially fattening family and school dinners.’
    • ‘Potatoes are actually no more fattening than apples - it's how they're cooked and served that makes them fattening.’
    • ‘Instead, have a smaller portion of fattening foods.’
    • ‘In fact you'd be likely to save money - no expensive fattening meals out, fewer bottles of wine and beer consumed, and as for chocolate…?’
    expansion, growth, increase in size, extension, amplification, augmentation, topping up, building up, addition, supplementing
    View synonyms