When it comes to obesity, New Jersey fares pretty well in the tri-state area and in the nation. Officially the ninth-least obese state in the country, N.J. beat out Pennsylvania and Delaware, which are the 19th- and 21st-most obese states in the U.S.
The report released by the Trust for America’s Health did find; however, that New Jerseyans are getting fatter: the obesity rate there has grown by 90 percent in the last 15 years, and its current rate, would have been the heaviest state in 1995.
Delaware’s obesity rate is at 28 percent, and Pennsylvania’s is 28.5.
Here’s a fun fact from the report: Four years ago, just one state had an obesity rate of more than 30 percent. This year, 12 states have obesity rates that high.