According to a study, commissioned by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, 62 % of Bronx residents are overweight or obese. It is the highest percentage in the city.
The rest of the city’s obeseity rates are around the statewide average of 60 %, with 57.7% for Staten Island, 57.6% for Queens and 58.6% for Brooklyn residents.
Manhattan is the slimmest borough, where 42% of residents are overweight or obese.
The report bases its findings on 2003 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gillibrand also announced today a plan to ban trans-fats in schools in an effort to combat childhood obesity.