City’s obesity rate spikes 25% since 2002

REEDLEY, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton stands on a scale during her weekly weigh-in at the Wellspring Academy October 21, 2009 in Reedley, California. Struggling with her weight, seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton enrolled at the Wellspring Academy, a special school that helps teens and college level students lose weight along with academic courses. When Marissa first started her semester at Wellspring she weighed in at 340 pounds and has since dropped over 40 pounds of weight in the first two months of the program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children in the US ages 6-19 years are overweight or obese, three times the amount since 1980.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
One in four New Yorkers is considered obese, according to the city’s Health Department. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The city’s obesity rate among adults has soared 25 percent since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office nearly 12 years ago, city health department figures reveal.

One in five New Yorkers was considered obese in 2002, the New York Post reported. Today, almost one in four New Yorkers is considered obese.

The increase comes despite Bloomberg’s ban on trans fats in 2007. The mayor also fought to limit the size of sugary drinks to 16 ounces.

The rates may improve, however, as a result of other positive statistics. The percentage of adults who drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day dropped to 28 percent last year from 36 percent in 2007, according to a health department report.

More adults are physically active and eating more vegetables, the data also shows.

“Nationwide, adult obesity rates have been going up for at least the last 30 years, and we expect a lag in changes in the adult obesity rate after a change in diet,” a department spokeswoman said. “We are seeing declines in obesity in children, and [the] fall in sugary-drink consumption may have prevented our city from having even higher obesity rates.”


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