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Long Island's 15 Most Obese School Districts

Most far exceed state average, according to health department data.

While most talk about the state's involvement in New York schools centers around Common Core, high-stakes testing and the teacher evaluation system, officials have also targeted another school problem that doesn't get nearly as much attention: childhood obesity.

According to the state, about one-third of students are either overweight or obese in the system, a number the state hopes to drag down a few percentage points by 2017 through a slate of programs that increase healthy choices regarding activity and nutrition.

Across the state, 17.6 percent of public school students were considered obese between 2010 and 2012. The stats do not include New York City students. Meanwhile, the district average in Nassau and Suffolk for obese students was 16.9 percent, just a little bit lower than the state's average.

But when you look at the numbers by district, many schools on Long Island far surpass, and even double, the state average when it comes to the number of obese students in the districts.

Below you'll find the top 15 school districts on Long Island when it comes to the percent of students who are obese, according to data collected by the New York State Department of Health.

1. Greenport Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 34.3
Number Obese: 49

2. Hempstead Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 33.3
Number Obese: 625

3. Uniondale Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 29.5
Number Obese: 596

4. Brentwood Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 29.5
Number Obese: 1,785

5. Central Islip Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 29.1
Number Obese: 458

6. Westbury Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 29
Number Obese: 614

7. Bridgehampton Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 27.3
Number Obese: 15

8. Roosevelt Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 25.6
Number Obese: 237

9. Amityville Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 25.2
Number Obese: 268

10. Riverhead Central School District
Percent Obese: 24.7
Number Obese: 315

11. William Floyd Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 24.3
Number Obese: 846

12. Springs Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 22.9
Number Obese: 64

13. Glen Cove City School District
Percent Obese: 22.8
Number Obese: 204

14. Freeport Union Free School District
Percent Obese: 22
Number Obese: 492

15. Longwood Central School District
Percent Obese: 22
Number Obese: 634
Teresa Baldinucci January 10, 2014 at 09:16 AM
The heart of this is the same as the heart of low-ranking schools - POVERTY. Until we address this in our nation, the problems will continue. The answer is NOT in edicts from the federal government (Common Core, Let's Move and school lunch changes). It's lifting up people who are struggling financially by teaching them a trade, encouraging business owners to hire these trained persons, and not allowing welfare to become a way of life as it has become for so many.
Archie Bunker January 10, 2014 at 09:29 AM
I am sure kids sitting on their keisters playing xboxes and playstations and twitter has nothing to do with it? Or 99cent Big Macs? As much as there are "poor" districts, there are more affluent areas also listed too. It's not always everyone else's fault...
annette kattau January 10, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Teresa Baldinucci right on I could not have said that better
Jo Miller January 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Theresa and Chris, Yes both poverty and lack of exercise are major and obvious factors in obesity among children. More subtly however is the role of cultural norms. Being fit and thin is a middle and upper middle class value. Even standards of physical attractiveness may vary. The problem of obesity is multifaceted and in fact ,although this report points to children in lower income areas, the battle seems to be a losing one across all socioeconomic groups.
Archie Bunker January 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM
It's an epidemic throughout the entire country. But at the end of the day, each of us are responsible for what we put in our mouth's or our children's mouths.
Get Off My Lawn January 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Too much government cheese!!!
Get Off My Lawn January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM
I'm sure Obama's new "War on Poverty" will fix things. Like everything else he's accomplished. More learned helplessness and reliance on government.

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