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May 28, 2015

New Jerseyans aren’t as slender as they once were, but they still rank fairly well when it comes to obesity. We’re the 16th least-obese state, according to the most recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which is based on 175,702 interviews across the country. In 2011 and 2012, New Jersey ranked as high as eight and nine, respectively, before falling to 17 in last year’s poll.

Americans are the most obese they’ve been in their history, according to the poll, with a 27.7 percent rate. The obese are less likely to thrive in every area of wellbeing, warns the study. In fact, those who aren’t obese are 322 percent more likely to thrive physically, which isn’t much of a surprise. But they are also 24 percent more likely to thrive financially and 16.6 percent more likely to thrive in “purpose” wellbeing.

The state with the lowest obesity ranking was Hawaii (1), followed by Colorado, Montana, California, and Massachusetts.

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