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NJ Spotlight News | July 12, 2010

The U.S. might be more weight-obsessed than ever, but that hasn’t slowed down the growth in the obsesity rate. Nearly 24 percent of New Jerseyans are considered obese, according to a recent report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Despite that shocking statistic, New Jerseyans ranked pretty well against the rest of the country, placing 42 on a ranking of the fattest states. In New Jersey, there was a significant racial disparity between obesity rates, with 36.1 percent of blacks considered obese. Maybe the most troubling statistic in the study for New Jersey was the rate of childhood obesity—15.4 percent. Comparatively, that gave the Garden State its worst ranking (21).