Medical Definition of Adiposity

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Adiposity: a condition of being severely overweight, or obese. The term "obesity" more frequently is used for this condition in the U.S. where obesity is usually defined by measuring a person's body mass index (BMI). There also is a measurement of body fat used by some researchers known as the body adiposity index (BAI). Unlike the BMI, weight is not taken to account in the BAI, which is based on a person's height and hip circumference.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

REFERENCE: Thomson, et al. "Body shape, adiposity index, and mortality in postmenopausal women: Findings from the Women's Health Initiative." Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 May;24(5):1061-9. doi: 10.1002/oby.21461. Epub 2016 Mar 15.

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