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Maryland Obesity Statistics


Maryland obesity statistics

In 2011, Maryland was ranked the 26th most obese state in America, and was ranked the 23rd most obese state 15 years ago.

The overall obesity rate in Maryland is now at 27.1% of adults.

  • Combining the rates for overweight and obese adults gives a total of 64.1% of their total population of 5,773,552 (U. S. Census 2010), or almost 4 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes has almost doubled since 1996 to 9.1% and 28.2% of the population has hypertension.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      36.3% obese rates among Blacks,

      27.4% among Latinos, and

      24.3% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Maryland

  • Approximately 23.7% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 13.6 per cent of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 200,000 young people are at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Maryland 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.

Maryland obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the following Maryland counties were over 30% obese: Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Prince George’s, Somerset, Wicomico, and Baltimore city. Only Montgomery County was under 20%.

  • Diabetes rates were over 12% in Allegany and Somerset counties, and under 7% in Montgomery county.

  • Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Garrett, Somerset counties, and Baltimore city are the least active, and Montgomery reports the most active people.

State programs and resources for improved nutrition and exercise

  • Maryland 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 16 states that create streets designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Outdoor recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, as well as state parks, city parks, and private recreational facilities.

  • Maryland produces an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, dairy, and fresh vegetables for a healthy diet. A variety of fresh foods, fruits, and vegetables are available in farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course, with home gardening.

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

Maryland also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, women’s health, and tobacco education programs.

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