Obesity vs Underweight - What's the difference?

obesity | underweight |

As nouns the difference between obesity and underweight

is that obesity is the state of being obese due to an excess of body fat while underweight is the state or quality of being.

As an adjective underweight is

of an inappropriately or unusually low weight.

As a verb underweight is

to underestimate the weight of.




(wikipedia obesity) (-)
  • The state of being obese due to an excess of body fat.
  • Derived terms

    * diabesity




    (en adjective)
  • Of an inappropriately or unusually low weight.
  • :He's so underweight he's had to buy smaller clothes.
  • :He's thirty pounds underweight .
  • Not too heavy for an intended purpose.
  • :The suitcase is just slightly underweight ; I'll let it on the plane.
  • (finance) Being less invested in a particular area than market wisdom suggests.
  • :The fund is underweight in mining.
  • * 2011 , Murdoch, S. Foreigners back for Aussie stocks, The Australian
  • *:"It's a long-run trend of foreign investors -- typically being underweight the banking sector in Australia," Mr Baker said.
  • Antonyms

    * (of low weight) overweight * (not too heavy) overweight


  • The state or quality of being .
  • * 1996 , United States Nutrition Risk Criteria, WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria: A Scientific Assessment , National Academies Press, ISBN 978-0-309-05385-3, page 110,
  • Underweight' reflects the body’s thinness, but the term does not necessarily imply the nature and causes of ' underweight .


    * (state or quality) overweight


    (en verb)
  • To underestimate the weight of.
  • To give insufficient weight to (a consideration); to underestimate the importance of.