Most of us living in New Jersey are overweight, according to statehealthfacts.org, a health-monitoring website funded by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
And the fact that we rank slightly better than the nation as a whole (61.5 percent vs. 63.3 percent), shouldn’t give us much solace. Men are more likely to be overweight than women (70.4 percent vs. 52.3 percent). Blacks (72.4 percent) and Hispanics (68.4 percent) weigh more than whites (60.3 percent) and Asians (41.4 percent).
New Jersey ranks 14th in the country in terms of weight, with most of the thinnest states in the west, such as Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Montana, California, and Washington. But New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and Vermont are skinnier than New Jersey too.