The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) has announced the release of a new report based on data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the NYSDOH.
The brief report, “Overweight and Obesity among New York State Adults, 2014,” provides updated prevalence estimates of both overweight and obesity in the state. According to the report:
· More than one-quarter (27.0%) of adults in NYS are obese and another 34.1% are overweight, an estimated 8.7 million residents.
· Although the rate of obesity in NYS is lower than the United States, the rate of obesity has increased in NYS since 2012.
· The rate of obesity is higher among adults who are non-Hispanic black and Hispanic (34.2% and 30%, respectively), earn an annual household income less than $25,000 (31.9%), have less than a college education (29.0%), or are currently living with a disability (38.4%).
The brief can be accessed online at the following address: