Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) statistics indicate that what happens in childhood leads to medical and social outcomes as an adult. However, more research is warranted to better understand the specifics of what this means and how to best address it. To date, we know that 26 percent of adults in New Jersey are obese. Those adults with a BMI (body mass index) over 30 are considered to be obese. One in four Caucasians and one in three African Americans in New Jersey are in this category.
“We have to stop accepting that, says Dr. Brito.” Programs need to address vulnerable people–those who are obese regardless of age or skin color. The state is putting time and resources into public health to stem the tide of obesity even before it begins. By providing the means to achieving a healthy lifestyle through various initiatives, the state is truly partnering for a Healthy New Jersey through the lifespan of its citizens. That’s a partnership that promises a win-win for all!.SHARE: