Vocabulary: Obese, Fat or Overweight

Students often confuse the words: obese, fat and overweight. This lesson will explain the difference between these words so that you learn to use them correctly.

IELTS often has questions in both writing and speaking about the problems of eating fast food or problems with the modern diet. Making mistakes with these words is common and will damage your band score.

  • Obesity (n) / Obese (adj) = a medical condition when excess body fat has accumulated and can have a negative impact on a persons health by contributing to health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes or kidney problems. This term is often used incorrectly and is only used in extreme cases when a person’s weight is a serious health concern and is labelled as a medical condition.
  • Overweight (n) / Overweight (adj) = weighing more than is considered normal or more than is optimally healthy and can cause some health concerns depending on how overweight a person is. This is neither negative or positive in meaning and is just a statement of a person’s size.
  • Fat = being larger than normal. This is used informally to describe people who are considered larger than average. It is not a polite term to use and can be offensive to people.

Practice Vocabulary Questions

Fill in the sentences below with the correct word listed above. Make sure you use the correct form of the word. A word may be used more than once.

  1. Many people who have a sedentary lifestyle are …………………. because they do not participate in regular exercise.
  2. My next door neighbour got quite ………… when she went to live in America for a year. I think she ate fast food most the time.
  3. 14 million children worldwide under the age of 5 were either overweight or ………….. in 2016.
  4. Worldwide ………… has nearly tripled since 1975.
  5. It is easy for people to become ……………….. if they do not eat a healthy diet.

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  76. Hi Liz,
    You are doing great service to the students. Appreciate all your efforts. I have a question in listening, hope you will help me.
    Question type — short answer no more than 3 words
    Question : how often will the students have to write essays?

    In recording the speaker says “you will have to write one essay each week ”

    What should be the answer in this case.
    A. As we hear in the recording do we have to use the same words “one each week ”
    B. Weekly
    C. Once a week
    D. Every week.

    Thankyou.

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  104. 1- Obese
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    3- Fat
    4- Obesity
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  105. 1.overweight
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  107. What about diabetes?!

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    1) overweight
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    3) obese
    4) obesity
    5) overweight

  116. 1.obese
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  117. Neha Sharma says

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  119. Praveena says

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  120. 1: Overweight
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  121. 1 Over weight
    2 Fat
    3 Obese
    4 fat
    5 overweight

  122. 1. Overweight
    2. Overweight
    3. Fat
    4. Obesity
    5. Fat

  123. Usmanto Darjo says

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  124. Swarnila says

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  126. Overweight
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  127. Patience Andem says

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  128. 1. Overweight
    2. Fat
    3. Obese
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    5. Fat

  129. Nurul hani says

    1)overweight
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    5)fat

  130. Amandeep says

    1) Obese
    2) Fat
    3) Obese
    4)Overweight
    5)fat

  131. 1- overweight
    2- fat
    3- obese
    4- obesity
    5- overweight

  132. 1. Overweight
    2. Fat
    3. Obesed
    4. Obesity
    5. Obesed

  133. 1. Obese
    2. Overweight
    3. Obese
    4. Obesity
    5. Obese

  134. 1. Obese
    2. Overweight
    3. Obese
    4. Obesity
    5. Overweight

  135. 1: Overweight
    2: Obese
    3: Fat
    4:Obesity
    5: Obese

  136. 1) OBESE
    2) OVERWEIGHT
    3) FAT
    4) OBESITY
    5) OVERWEIGHT

  137. 1 obese
    2 fat
    3 obese
    4 obesity
    5 overweight

  138. 1- Overweight
    2- overweight
    3-obese
    4-obesity
    5-fat

  139. Mitesh rajput says

    Hello madam I am Mitesh Rajput from India. My IELTS result of 23rd may 2019 has reveal & I scored L6 W6 R7 & S5.5 . should I go for revaluation in speaking module please suggest me your decision is important for me. Thank you.

  140. Sanjay patel says

    1-fat
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    3-fatty
    4-obesity
    5-fatty

  141. 1. overweight
    2. fat
    3. obese
    4. obesity
    5. fat

  142. Rajbir kaur says

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    Weight
    Obese
    Obesity
    Fat

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