In New York City, obesity is epidemic: more than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34%) or obese (22%). Data show that obesity begins early in life: nearly half of all elementary school children and Head Start children are not a healthy weight. In New York City, 1 in 5 kindergarten students, and 1 in 4 Head Start children, is obese.
People (adults and children) who are overweight are at increased risk for diabetes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer.
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Last Updated: May 10, 2012