Friday, July 24, 2009

Data Show Manhattan Is Svelte and Bronx Is Chubby, Chubby

“More than 62 percent of Bronx residents are overweight or obese, higher than the rate in any of New York City’s other four boroughs, while the comparable figure for Manhattan was just over 42 percent — the lowest of any of New York State’s 62 counties. The city’s other boroughs had overweight and obesity rates more closely in line with the statewide average of nearly 60 percent: 58.6 percent in Brooklyn, 57.7 percent on Staten Island and 57.6 percent in Queens. These figures — contained in a report released on Tuesday by the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and based on 2003 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System designed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — do not surprise experts.

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