November 25, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of NJ’s low-income children who are obese -- possibly the highest in the country

Child and adolescent obesity is on the rise in New Jersey, to the point at which 14.2 percent of low-income kids are obese. That’s the highest level of 44 states that report obesity statistics through low-income programs.

And low-income children are not alone. Nearly one in four (24.7 percent) of children between 10 and 17 are either overweight or obese, while 9 percent of New Jersey high-school students are overweight and another 14 percent are obese, according to the state Department of Health.

When it comes to diet, only 19 percent of high-school students eat five servings of fruit or vegetables a day and 12 percent drink a can of soda each day.

Still, 49 percent of high-school students say they exercise an hour or more five days a week.