The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America came out September 12th. The report shows us that we've made strides, but we still have significant health issues we need to improve for our residents.
According to the report, adult obesity remained stable in New York at 25.7%, 31.8% of children aged 10-17 are considered overweight, and 12.4% of high schoolers are overweight.
While New York's rates aren't the best, they also aren't the worst which is a good indication that all of our work aimed at reducing obesity, diabetes, and hypertension is effective. However, more than that, it is a good reminder that we still need to pressure our elected officials to make public health a priority, whether it be through funding budget initiatives, or passing laws that make healthy food easily accessible to all, and make the healthy choice the easy choice.