Childish Obesity Vs Obesity in Childhood
Posted: 22 April 2018 01:04 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello, folks. Hope you are very well.

Does anyone know of any difference between 1+2:

1. Childish obesity
2. Obesity in childhood.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 01:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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"Childish obesity” is not a phrase a native English speaker would use, whereas they might say “Obesity in childhood”, so that’s the main difference.

Note that “childish” is usually a pejorative term, and is not a term used to denote medical conditions during childhood.

Another common expression that is identical in meaning to “obesity in childhood” is “childhood obesity”.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 04:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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To expand, childish refers to things, especially behavior, that are characteristic of children, e.g., immaturity. When applied to adults, it is often pejorative. It (and this goes to for all the -ish words) is not used to denote things associated with (as opposed to characteristic of) children, like certain diseases. It would be child obesity or childhood obesity, never childish obesity.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Or juvenile obesity.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Or juvenile obesity.

Juvenile can be used in this way but also as a synonym for childish, to characterise immaturity in adults who should know better: a person of any age can be accused of ‘juvenile behaviour’.

Then there’s childlike, which specifically connotes wide-eyed innocence and naïveté.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 10:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks all for the input and clarification :)

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Posted: 23 April 2018 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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But juvenile is often used in medical and physiological contexts, as in “juvenile diabetes”, without the connotation of childishness.

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