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7.7 percent

July 29, 2011

Gov. Chris Christie, who was rushed to the hospital on Thursday due to an asthma attack, is among the 7.7 percent of New Jerseyans who are currently suffering from the disease, according to the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

Christie has some of the indicators that make it more likely for him to suffer from the disease but not all of them. For instance, New Jersey women are more than twice as likely as men to have asthma (10.9 percent vs. 5.9 percent.) People considered normal or merely overweight are less likely to have it (6.8/6.9 percent) than those who are obese (11.4 percent.) Few Asians (3.8 percent) have asthma, while those who are white (8.1 percent), Hispanic (7.7 percent) and black (10 percent) suffer from the disease far more frequently.

Christie, who is 48 years old, fits with the 7.9 percent of his age cohort who have the disease. Youths, however, are more likely to suffer from asthma, since 12.1 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 currently have it. Childhood asthma has become fairly prevalent, with 11.4 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 14 currently reporting the problem.

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