Although NJ is better off than many other states, obesity rate is still too high.
hero_image_alt_text===A map that shows where NJ is in ranking for obesity.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health team up every year to release a report called “State of Obesity.” It provides details about every state’s obesity rate. The good news in this year’s report is that NJ’s obesity rate has stabilized-but the bad news is that the rate has not decreased and is still too high.
Obesity related chronic diseases are also expected to continue to rise if there are no further decreases. It is estimated that over 2 million people in New Jersey will have heart disease by 2030 if nothing changes.
While New Jersey's obesity rate is lower than many other states, there is a lot of room for improvement. More than one quarter of NJ adults are obese and many more are overweight. This increases risk for not only heart disease but stroke, diabetes and cancer.
To learn more about obesity in New Jersey, please see the report brief.