Definition of obese in US English:



  • Grossly fat or overweight.

    ‘a hugely obese young man’
    ‘one in ten people surveyed were obese’
    • ‘It can also be used to determine if people are at a healthy weight, overweight or obese.’
    • ‘The charity said over half of adults in the UK are overweight, with one in five classed as obese.’
    • ‘Recent research has shown poorer outcomes for overweight and obese boys than for girls.’
    • ‘Currently medical treatment options for obese and overweight people are limited.’
    • ‘With so many children and parents overweight or obese, there's little stigma attached to being fat.’
    • ‘American doctors have for years observed the reliance on fast food of overweight and obese people.’
    • ‘One in five nine-year-olds is estimated to be overweight and one in ten obese.’
    • ‘Children were much more likely to be overweight or obese if both parents were overweight or obese.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of the population are either overweight or obese, a figure which is rising.’
    • ‘At the present time, more than half the women and two thirds of men are either obese or overweight.’
    • ‘More than one billion adults across many parts of the world are obese or overweight.’
    • ‘The latest evidence shows people are getting more overweight and obese.’
    • ‘Children who are overweight but not obese should be evaluated for other factors as well.’
    • ‘It is estimated that more than one in five Britons is now classed as obese and three-quarters are overweight.’
    • ‘However, they suggest doctors may be missing deadly cancer in overweight and obese men.’
    • ‘Nearly two thirds of men and more than half of women in England are now either overweight or obese.’
    • ‘There is no consensus as to the definition of overweight and obese children.’
    • ‘More than a third of the girls from the poorest backgrounds are overweight or obese.’
    • ‘White men are by far the most likely to be obese or overweight and black men are least likely.’
    • ‘Overweight and obese conditions occurring at this age show persistent health effects decades later.’
    plump, stout, overweight, heavy, large, solid, chubby, portly, rotund, flabby, paunchy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, dumpy, meaty, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, falstaffian
    fat, overweight, corpulent, morbidly obese, gross, stout, fleshy, outsize, massive, heavy, plump, portly, chubby, rotund, roly-poly, paunchy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, big, large, ample, well upholstered, well padded, broad in the beam, bulky, bloated, flabby, falstaffian
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Mid 17th century: from Latin obesus ‘having eaten until fat’, from ob- ‘away, completely’ + esus (past participle of edere ‘eat’).