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The most obese counties in N.J. and Pa.

A sweeping new report on Americans' health from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations evaluates how we fare in life expectancy, obesity, physical activity and other markers of well-being. Obesity rates have been climbing for years, and here, we take a look at the most obese counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as of 2011.

The most obese counties in N.J. and Pa.

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A sweeping new report on Americans' health from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations evaluates how we fare in life expectancy, obesity, physical activity and other markers of well-being. Obesity rates have been climbing for years, and here, we take a look at the most obese counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as of 2011.

New Jersey counties with the highest obesity prevalence for men:
1. Salem, 42.2 percent
2. Cumberland, 41.2 percent
3. Ocean, 38.3 percent
4. Burlington, 36.8 percent
4. Gloucester, 36.8 percent
6. Cape May, 36.3 percent
6. Warren, 36.3 percent
8. Atlantic, 35.7 percent
9. Sussex, 35.2 percent
10. Camden, 35 percent

New Jersey counties with the highest obesity prevalence for women:
1. Cumberland, 41.7 percent
2. Salem, 40.2 percent
3. Essex, 38.4 percent
4. Camden, 36.6 percent
5. Hudson, 35.9 percent
6. Gloucester, 35.7 percent
7. Atlantic, 35.2 percent
8. Cape May, 34.8 percent
9. Passaic, 34.7 percent
10. Union, 34.4 percent 
14. Burlington, 32.4 percent

Pennsylvania counties with the highest obesity prevalence for men:
1. Cambria, 42.1 percent
2. Fayette, 41.2 percent
3. Bedford, 40.8 percent
4. Northumberland, 40.7 percent
5. Snyder, 40 percent
6. Fulton, 39.8 percent
6. Mifflin, 39.8 percent
8. Forest, 39.4 percent
8. Juniata, 39.4 percent
8. Lebanon, 39.4 percent
8. Washington, 39.4 percent
61. Delaware, 32.9 percent
62. Philadelphia, 32.7 percent
63. Bucks, 32.6 percent
65. Chester, 31.8 percent
66. Montgomery, 30.7 percent

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Pennsylvania counties with the highest obesity prevalence for women:
1. Greene, 44.2 percent
2. Philadelphia, 43.9 percent
3. Juniata, 43.8 percent
4. Somerset, 43.7 percent
5. Perry, 43.3 percent
6. Northumberland, 43 percent
7. Fayette, 42.9 percent
8. Blair, 42.8 percent
9. Dauphin, 42.7 percent
10. Cambria, 42.4 percent
62. Delaware, 34 percent
65. Bucks, 30.4 percent
66. Montgomery, 30 percent
67. Chester, 29.5 percent

Nationwide, 33.8 percent of men and 36.1 percent of women are obese. State averages are 32.6 percent men and 32.2 percent of women in New Jersey and 35.3 percent of men and 37.6 percent of women in Pennsylvania.

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