Lincoln University is refusing to give diplomas to two dozen obese students who ditched a health class.
An Oregon judge was forced to answer that question this week in a fight over an obese wiener dog named Obie.
Before about 1980, 15 percent of American adults were obese.
1650s, back-formation from obesity and in part from Latin obesus "fat, stout, plump," past participle of obedere "that has eaten itself fat" (see obesity). According to OED, "Rare before 19th c." Related: Obeseness. Latin obesus was translated in Old English as oferfæt "overfat."
obese o·bese (ō-bēs')
Extremely fat; very overweight.