Agreed that the chant "We're number 41!" will never inspire people, but in this case, the chant would be a very good thing.
An annual obesity study by two public health groups released Thursday ranks New York 41st on a state-by-state obesity list, improving from a tie for 36 last year.
The number of obese adults has edged down to 24.7 percent of the population from 25.1 percent.
That still means one in four New Yorkers is obese.
Still, that's better than a dozen other states.
Today, the study says, a dozen states top 30 percent obesity, most of them in the South. Mississippi topped the list for the seventh year in a row, with Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana close behind.
And the news gets worse:
In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Today, all but one does.
An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state with the lowest obesity rate today would have had the highest obesity rate in 1995.
That state is Colorado, where 19.8 percent of adults are considered obese.
Finally, consider this: despite New York's relatively low ranking, more than 10,000 people now opt for stomach surgery each year.
- reported by the Associated Press
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Watertown, NY