Report: N.J. Adults Among The Lowest Obesity Rates Nationwide

obesityNew Jersey adults have among the lowest obesity rates in the nation, but low-income preschoolers have the second-highest obesity rate in the nation. Nearly one-fifth of them are considered obese by the time they hit their fifth birthdays. Those are the findings of the seventh annual “F as in Fat” report by the Trust for America’s Health released Tuesday, which warns that “today’s youth may be the first generation in American history to lead shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.”

“This report shows that the country has taken bold steps to address the obesity crisis in recent years, but the nation’s response has yet to fully match the magnitude of the problem,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, which writes the annual report with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nearly two-thirds of the state’s adults — 62.1 percent — are considered overweight, a statistically significant increase over last year’s 61.2 percent, according to the report. That includes 23.9 percent who are obese, a measurement based on a body mass index. Full story in North Jersey

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  1. New Jersey may be on the lower end of the obesity rate in the USA, but in 2008 NJ obesity rate was 22.9% & in 2009 it increased to 23.9%.

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