The State of Obesity in

New Jersey

Adult Obesity in New Jersey New Data

New Jersey now has the 11th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released September 2016. New Jersey's adult obesity rate is currently 25.6 percent, up from 17.0 percent in 2000 and from 12.3 percent in 1995. According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015. This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases — aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010. View data for all states

Tweet thisCurrent adult obesity rate (2015)


Rank among states (2015)


Adult obesity rate in New Jersey (1990-2015)

Obesity rate by age (2015)

18-25 10.7% 26-44 25.7% 45-64 29.7% 65+ 26.9%

Obesity rate by race (2015)

White 25.6% Black 36.6% Latino 28.8%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 26.4% Women 23.0%

Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2016 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2016.

Childhood Obesity in New Jersey

Signs of Progress on Childhood Obesity in New Jersey: A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, 2013 showed that 18 states, including New Jersey, and one U.S. territory experienced a decline in obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families between 2008 and 2011. Over that period, New Jersey's rate fell from 17.9% to 16.6%, a statistically significant decrease according to the CDC analysis. Read more about the report at rwjf.org. Tweet this

2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families

Current obesity rate (2011)


Rank among states (2011)


Historical rates (1989-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children24

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)


Rank among states (2011)


Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

no data

Rank among states (2015)

no data 

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in New Jersey


Current adult diabetes rate (2015)


Rank among states (2015)


Diabetes cases in 2010


Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace


Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2015)


Current adult hypertension rate (2015)


Rank among states (2015)


Hypertension cases in 2010


Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace


Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2015)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010


Projected cases of heart disease in 2030



Arthritis cases in 2010


Projected cases of arthritis in 2030


Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010


Projected cases of cancer in 2030


Sources: Current diabetes (2015) and hypertension (2015) rates are from The State of Obesity 2016 [PDF]; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012 [PDF].