The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce the release of a new report based on data from the 2015 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, 2015,” provides updated prevalence estimates of both overweight and obesity in the state. According to the report, one-quarter (25.0%) of adults in NYS are obese and another 34.5% are overweight, an estimated 8.4 million residents. The prevalence of obesity in NYS is higher among adults who are non-Hispanic black or Hispanic (30.9% and 29.3%, respectively), earn an annual household income less than $50,000 (28.9%), have less than a college education (28.6%), are currently living with a disability (37.2%), and those who live outside of New York City (26.9%). The New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 has identified reducing obesity in adults as a focus area and established an objective to reduce obesity by 5% among adults and by 10% among adults living with disabilities. More information about the Prevention Agenda and the recommended strategies for addressing obesity in adults can be found on the NYSDOH website: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/prevention_agenda/2013-2017/ This brief has been approved for public release.
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