From the NY Times:
New York City schoolchildren are as heavy, or perhaps even heavier, than the national average, despite the Bloomberg administration’s dogged efforts to improve the health of city residents, according to new data from the city’s health department.
Two out of five, or 40 percent, of the nearly 637,000 children in kindergarten through the eighth grade were found to be overweight or obese in the 2008-9 school year. Those rates were the same as in the previous year, according to a survey of both school years that is to be released on Sunday.
That compares with 35.5 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds nationally, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among New York City children who were overweight, 22 percent were obese, compared with 19.6 percent nationally.
The numbers were broken down by ZIP code and showed that less-affluent neighborhoods had the most severe problems. In the 2008-9 school year, the highest rates were found in Corona, Queens, where 51 percent of schoolchildren were overweight or obese. That was followed by parts of Harlem, with 48 to 49 percent, and Washington Heights, with 47 percent.