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