According to the Liverpool City Council it is. In fact, they find it so offensive, they're considering banning it from health campaigns aimed at children to avoid offending any overweight kids that fit the definition.
It's replacement? The term "unhealthy weight".
Well, sure, ok. I can see how a child getting called "obese" can be hurtful. I mean, I'm an adult and my feelings would definitely be hurt if someone up and called me obese.
However, I don't think banning the word from health campaigns will do anything to save any hurt feelings on playgrounds across England.
Why? Because my guess is children aren't hearing the word "obese" in the health campaigns. They're hearing it from their classmates. And banning the word will do absolutely nothing to stop any kids from taunting, teasing, or making fun of overweight children.
My opinion? I think the Liverpool City Council should spend less time on worrying about the words they're using to define childhood obesity and concentrate more on finding a way to stop it.
What do you think? Do you think kids pay enough attention to health campaigns that using the word obese is going to offend them? Or do you think this city council is wasting precious time and money on a trivial issue?