Number of the Day: 61.6 percent

January 3, 2012 | Number of The Day

The turn of a New Year traditionally calls for resolutions, the most frequent being a vow to lose weight. No wonder, since 61.6 percent of New Jersey adults are classified as overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, a health website funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Obesity accounts for 24.8 percent of the state population, while those overweight represent 36.8 percent.

Men are more likely to be fat than women (70 percent vs. 53 percent), and Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely to be obese (68.2 percent) than whites (60.9 percent) or Asian-Americans (43.8 percent).

The number of overweight New Jerseyans has steadily increased over time, just like their weight. Although there may be a myriad of reasons for this, one may be that by many accounts, most people will abandon their resolutions before the month is out.