Obesity in New York
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Obesity and overweight pose enormous challenges for New Yorkers.
- •One in four New Yorkers is obese.i
- •One in three New York children is obese or overweight.ii
- •Obesity and overweight are linked to more than 20 major chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes,
- •Nationwide, one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes over the course of a lifetime.iv
- •New York State will spend approximately $9.9 billion on adult obesity-related health problems in 2011,
and $136.3 billion over the 10-year period from 2011 to 2020.v
What is obesity?
Individuals who are obese have a weight that is greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given heightvi.
An adult whose height to weigh ratio (BMI) is 30 or higher is considered obese. viiAmong children, obesity is defined by having a weight to height ratio that is higher than that of 95% of children that age and sex. Learn more about obesity from the CDC.
What Contributes to Obesity?
• Americans have doubled their spending on prepared foods, which tend to be high in fat and caloriesix.
• In some neighborhoods, it is cheaper and easier to purchase unhealthy foodsx.
• Portion sizes have grown in sizexi.
• Unhealthy foods are aggressively marketed to childrenxii.
• Many adults work at jobs where they are sedentary.
• People live in neighborhoods designed for driving instead of active transitxiv.
• Many families, particularly in low income areas, lack access to safe places to play and exercisexv.
More about obesity in NYS
New York State Department of Health Obesity Web Pages
NYS Prevention Agenda Priority Area: Physical Activity and Nutrition
New York City Department of Health
NYSDOH Information for Action: Dual Epidemics of Obesity and Diabetes