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Report: New Jersey Among the Fittest States

The Garden State has one of the lowest adult obesity rates in the country, according to an annual study. But, the study sounded an ominous tone for the future.

 

New Jersey's government spending may be out of control, but its waistline isn't. At least for now, anyway. 

The Garden State is among the fittest places in America, according to an annual report released Tuesday. 

New Jersey's adult obesity rate of 23.7%–on par with the national average–tied with the District of Columbia for 47th place in the study by the nonprofit Trust for Amercia's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

However, the report warned that if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, the obesity rate in New Jersey could reach 48.6%.

Mississippi's adult obesity rate of 34.9% is the highest in the country, according to the study. 

The report contends that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and dramatically reduce health care costs if they reduced the average body mass index of their residents by just 5% by 2030. 

To read the full report, visit the Trust for America's Health's website

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Forgive me, but the gal in the pix could use a Smashburger!
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Actually, people who look like her usually substantially outlive the rest of us and don't get diabetes, bad backs and knees, and all sorts of other problems that plague most of us. But if does makes us all feel better to criticize her in some way. Go eat a cheesburger like the rest of us!!
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