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Obesity In New York

Obesity in New York: statistics and programs

In 2011, New York was ranked as the 11th least obese state in America. It was the 26th most obese state in the United States fifteen years ago.

Obesity in New York has almost doubled over the last 15 years, and currently is at 24.7% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the total becomes 60.6% of their population.

  • During the 2010 Census, the total population of New York was counted at 19,378,102 U. S. Census 2010.

  • This means that almost 12 million people are overweight or obese in this state alone, and face substantially increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In addition, diabetes has also almost doubled to 8.7% and 27.1% of the people are reporting high blood pressure.

  • Statistics for racial or ethnic categories show

      31.4% obese rates among Blacks,

      27.2% among Latinos,

      and 24.1% among Whites.

Childhood obesity in New York

  • As of 2007, 17.1 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 22.6% of New York’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 700,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

  • A December 2011 report on childhood obesity in New York City found that in 1996, 19.7% of third grade children and 21.2% of sixth grade children were overweight. By 2003, the number of overweight children in elementary schools had doubled to 43%, and 24% of these students were now obese.

  • The CDC December 2011 report went on to compare the 2006-2007 year with 2010-2011 and found that obesity at the K-8 school level decreased approximately 5.5%, dropping slightly from 21.9% in 2006-07 to 20.7% in 2010-11. The greatest decrease was in white children with smaller decreases for other ethnic/racial groups.

County rankings for obesity in New York

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, New York counties with obese levels over 25% include Albany, Allegany, Bronx, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Renssalaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

  • The highest obesity in New York rate is in Chautauqua at 29.9%. The lowest is New York County at 16.1%

  • The highest rate for diabetes was in Bronx County at 9.8% and the lowest rate was Westchester County at 6.6%.

  • Bronx County was also the least active, and Westchester reported the most active people.

Federal, state, and community help to lose weight and improve general health:

  • New York is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. It also has a farm to school program.

  • It does require body mass index (BMI) screening for children and teens.

  • New York has extensive resources for outdoor recreation, including the Atlantic Ocean, Erie and Ontario Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, mountains in Adirondack Park (the largest state park in the United States with more area than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic National Parks put together), the Catskill Park, rivers including the Hudson, Allegheny, Susquehanna, Delaware, as well as more state parks, rivers, lakes, forests, and private recreational facilities.

  • New York produces dairy, meat, seafood, vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, onions), fruit (orchards of apples, cherries, plums, pears) and vineyards for a healthy diet.

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

These New York 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 York uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco, poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, obesity, diabetes, disability, geriatric populations, oral health, contagious diseases, and to develop new programs.

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