In New York City, obesity is epidemic. More than half of adult New Yorkers have overweight (34%) or obesity (22%). Data show that people can have obesity early in life. Nearly half of all elementary school children and Head Start children do not have a healthy weight. In New York City, one in five kindergarten students and one in four Head Start children, have obesity.
People (adults and children) who are overweight are at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.