DOH: City Obesity Rate Up 25 Percent In 12 Years

New statistics reveal that the city’s obesity rate has risen by 25 percent in the past 12 years.

According to the city Health Department, one in five New Yorkers was considered obese when Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in 2002, but now, one in four New Yorkers is considered obese.

Those numbers may improve, though. Despite Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks being shut down, the statistics say the percentage of adults who drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day dropped to 28 percent last year from 36 percent in 2007.

“I think those numbers bare it out,” Bloomberg said. “This is not a problem that’s going to go away. Diseases from overweight will kill more people in New York City this year than smoking.”

The Department of Health says that adult obesity has been on the rise for 30 years, but childhood obesity is decreasing in the city because of their efforts to improve access to healthy food and increase opportunities for physical activity.