New Jersey high-school students, on average, have somewhat healthier lifestyles than the rest of the country, but that doesn’t mean that they’re in great shape. About 8.7 percent of high-school students in New Jersey are obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Datahub.
That’s far less than the national average of 13.7 percent and even less than neighboring New York (10.6 percent) and Connecticut (12.3 percent). But it’s still significantly higher than some western states such as Utah, which has a 6.4 percent obesity rate when it comes to high-school students.
The majority (51.3 percent) of New Jersey high schoolers are also not meeting health recommendations of 60 minutes of physical activity each day for the previous five days. Nationally, the rate is 52.7 percent.