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2013 F as in Fat Released

The report, produced by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, notes that the data reveal signs of progress in the obesity epidemic.

In the United States:

  • Obesity rates remained fairly level in most states, although the rates remain high, with 20% or more of the population in every state obese.
  • Thirteen states have adult obesity rates above 30%
  • Louisiana has the highest rate of adult obesity at 34.7% and Colorado has the lowest at 20.5%.
  • Obesity rates vary by age – adults ages 45 to 64 years (Baby Boomers) are more likely to be obese than other age groups
  • Obesity rates vary by education – adults who did not graduate high school are more likely to be obese than those you graduated from college or technical college
  • Obesity rates vary by income – adults who earn less than $25,000 per year are more likely to be obese than those who earn at least $50,000 per year
New Jersey:
  • Ranks 42nd – the 8th lowest rate - in adult obesity (24.6%)
  • Has nearly 62% (61.6%) of adults that are obese or overweight
  • Ranks 32nd in diabetes among adults (9.3%)
  • Ranks 13th in physical inactivity (24.9%)
  • Ranks 28th in hypertension (high blood pressure) among adults (30.6%)
  • Ranks 50th – the 2nd lowest rate – in the rate of childhood obesity among all children ages 10-17 (10.0%)
  • Reports that 11% of high school students are obese and another 15.2% are overweight
  • Ranks 2nd in obesity among low-income children ages 2-4 (16.6%), though this rates is significantly lower than in 2007