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US statistics show 24.5 percent of NY adults obese

A new federal government survey shows New York has a relatively low level of obesity among adults. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has the numbers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures for 2011 released Monday reports more than a third of adults nationwide were obese.

The rate in New York stood at 24.5 percent.

That compares with 12 states where at least 30 percent were obese.

Colorado was lowest, at just under 21 percent, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 35 percent.

The results were based on a telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

 

 

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.