NY State Adult Obesity Rates Triple Since 1990
Let's start with the bad news. According to an article on Pressconnects this morning, the state obesity rate in New York has nearly tripled since 1990. Even with the obesity rate climbing so quickly, New York still has the seventh lowest obesity rate in America.
New York City had the lowest percentage of adult obesity followed by Westchester County according to the report. Pressconnects reported that Chemung and Steuben counties were tied with two other counties for the highest rates in the state.
Pressconnects credited their sister paper The USA Today as saying that only Hawaii and Colorado along with the District of Columbia had obesity rates below 25%. And West Virginia had the highest obesity rate at 38 percent.
But there is good news about obesity in New York. According to Pressconnects, the obesity rate is declining among two to four-year-olds enrolled in nutritional programs for Women, Infants, and Children from 2010 to 2014. The report also notes a drop in the number of obese children in New York grade school students from 2006 to 2010.
According to WebMD, if your Body Muscle Index (BMI) is greater than 30.0, you are considered obese. One out of three adult Americans is obese according to WebMD.