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New Jersey Obesity Statistics


New Jersey obesity statistics

By 2011, New Jersey was ranked the 9th least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 24.1%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 7th least obese state with an overall rate of 12.3% obesity.

  • When you combine the rates for people who are in the overweight category with those who are actually obese, there is a total of 61.8% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 8,791,894 U. S. Census 2010, which means over 5 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      35.9% obese rates among Blacks,

      26.8% among Latinos, and

      23.1% among Whites.

  • Two serious health problems associated with increased overweight and obesity are high blood pressure and diabetes.

    In this U.S. state, rates of high blood pressure have risen to 27.2% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 8.8%.

Childhood obesity statistics for New Jersey

  • Approximately 23.5% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15.4% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 300,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These New Jersey obesity statistics are reported in F as in Fat from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.

New Jersey obesity: county rankings for obese percentage, diabetes, physical inactivity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the county with the highest rate of obesity was Cumberland County at 29.6%, while Hunterdon was the lowest at 19.4%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Ocean, Salem, Sussex, and Warren counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Essex County with a rate of 9.5%. The lowest rates of diabetes were 6.3% in Hunterdon County.

  • Cumberland County was the least active, and Hunterdon reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • New Jersey is among 29 US states that restricts the sale of competitive foods at schools more than federal standards, and joins 26 states that have a farm-to-school program.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson, Delaware, Raritan and other rivers, national recreation areas and reserves, Appalachian and Delaware National Scenic Trails, the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • New Jersey produces its own fresh agricultural products, including seafood, dairy, fresh fruits such as blueberries and cranberries, and vegetables like spinach for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce New Jersey obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health childhood obesity programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

This state also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor risky lifestyles like smoking, to track diabetes, asthma, arthritis, women’s health, and cancer, as well as to develop new health programs.

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