One thing is true about New Yorkers, we LOVE to eat. We have the most amazing restaurants in our state and such a variety of cuisines to choose from. And it is not just New York City. In Buffalo, for instance, we have excellent restaurants - everything from Italian to Asian to Caribbean to American and everything in between. And can we talk about pizza? New York has the best pizza, hands down.

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But, with that said, some counties in New York can do a bit better managing their weight. New York State's Department of Health released a report on obesity. In some counties almost 50 percent of the population is obese.

More than one-quarter (27.6%) of adults in New York State (NYS) have obesity.1,2 Obesity is a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases and conditions including type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, psychosocial problems, and osteoarthritis. Many of these conditions contributed to increased fatalities from COVID-19.3

Before we get to the areas where obesity is a problem, let's take a look at the counties with the least obese populations.

• Outside New York City Tompkins (20.2%), Westchester (23.5%), and Nassau (23.6%) have the lowest obesity.
• Within New York City boroughs, New York County (Manhattan 19.2%) has the lowest obesity.

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These Are The Top 5 Fattest Counties In New York State

The info comes from a report released by the New York State Department Of Health. The most recent data available is from 2018.

5. Washington County - 38.7 percent of the population is obese

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4. St. Lawrence County - 40.9 percent of the population is obese

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3. Wayne County - 41.4 percent of the population is obese

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2. Franklin County - 44.4 percent of the population is obese

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The Fattest County In New York State Is...

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1. Oswego County - 44.5 percent of the population is obese

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