Obesity remains one of the most important threats to the health of our children and our country, putting millions of Americans at increased risk for a range of chronic diseases and contributing to more than $147 billion to $210 billion dollars in preventable healthcare spending.
In New York City, obesity is epidemic: more than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34%) or obese (22%). Data show that obesity begins early in life: nearly half of all elementary school children and in New York City, 1 in 5 kindergarten students is obese. Improving childhood and adult obesity outcomes is one of the main goals of our Research and Evaluation team. Our information is shared across the public health community including academic institutions, government agencies, and other nonprofits.