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    "fat" or "overweight"?

    Which is heavier? "fat" or "overweight"?

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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Well, a fat man is heavier than an overweight baby, but an overweight man is heavier than a fat baby.

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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Well, a fat man is heavier than an overweight baby, but an overweight man is heavier than a fat baby.
    To me, this is a difficult example to be understood. It seems that there is no difference in the meaning between fat and overweight. Am I correct, please?


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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    To me, this is a difficult example to be understood. It seems that there is no difference in the meaning between fat and overweight. Am I correct, please?
    No. Being overweight means weighing too much. From a medical perspective, a person is overweight if their BMI is between 25 and 30. Being fat also means weighing too much, but this word is usually used to make a comment about someone's appearance rather than state an objective fact.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Which is heavier? "fat" or "overweight"?
    I guess a weighing scale may be in a better position to answer this question than an English teacher.

    Not a teacher

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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I guess a weighing scale may be in a better position to answer this question than an English teacher.
    Scales will enable a doctor to say whether or not a person is overweight. Only individual speakers can decide what word they will use to describe a person they consider to be fat/overweight/obese/stout/chubby/podgy/etc.

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    #7

    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    "Fat" is generally considered insulting. As said above, it's about how someone looks.

    If I'm concerned about your health, I may say "I'm concerned about your excess weight and what it's doing to your heart."
    If I'm mean, I may say "You look really fat in that dress."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

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    "Fat" is generally considered insulting."
    Then should I say "horizontally challenged" instead of "fat"? Do they mean the same?

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    #9

    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    In my opinion, overweight is more like a medical terminology or a proper noun.

    Overweight has its own mean in medicine, that is your weight is more than your body can burden.
    And fat is an adjective.Someone will say he/she is fat than before, but no one says he/she is overweight than before.

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    #10

    Re: "fat" or "overweight"?

    Dear vrncnc1230,

    You have to say "Not a teacher" in your answers if you are not a teacher. Your profile says you are a learner.

    Not a teacher.

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