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Maine Obesity Statistics


Maine obesity statistics

In 2011, Maine was ranked the 27th most obese state in America, and was ranked the 26th most obese state 15 years ago.

The overall obesity rate in Maine is now at 26.5% of adults.

  • Combining the rates for overweight and obese adults gives a total of 63.2% of their total population of 1,328,361 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or over 350,000 people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes has more than doubled since 1996 to 8.4% and 28.1% of the population has hypertension.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      32.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      21% among Latinos, and

      26.7% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Maine

  • Approximately 20.6% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 12.9 per cent of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 35,000 young people are at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Maine obesity statistics are reported in F as in Fat from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.

Maine obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the following three Maine counties had obese levels over 30%: Androscoggin, Piscataquis, and Somerset County.

  • Cumberland County had the lowest obesity rates at 20.6%.

  • Diabetes rates were over 10% only in Aroostook County, and under 7% in Cumberland, Hancock, and Lincoln Counties.

  • Aroostook and Washington counties are almost tied for the least active, and Cumberland County reports the most active people.

State programs and resources for improved nutrition and exercise

  • Maine is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. It also has a farm to school program.

  • It is among 21 states that require BMI or body mass index screening (or another weight related measurement) for children and teens.

  • Outdoor recreation areas include the Atlantic Ocean, extensive forests, the Applachian National Scenic Trail, as well as state parks, city parks, and private recreational facilities.

  • Maine produces an abundance of fresh fish and seafood (especially lobster), meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy for a healthy diet. Fresh fruits like blueberries and vegetables are produced locally, and are available in farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course, with home gardening.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Maine obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force childhood programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

Maine also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor women’s health, cancer, and other chronic diseases, and tobacco education programs.

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