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Massachusetts Obesity


Massachusetts obesity statistics

In 2011, Massachusetts was ranked the fourth least obese state in America, and was also ranked the fourth least obese state 15 years ago.

The overall obesity rate in Massachusetts is now at 22.3% of adults.

  • Combining the rates for overweight and obese adults gives a total of 58.6% of their total population of 6,547,629 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or almost 4 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes has increased to 7.5% and 25.6% of the population has hypertension.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      30.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      29.1% among Latinos, and

      21.8% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Massachusetts

  • Approximately 21.7% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 13.3 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 Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, only the following counties had obese levels over 25%: Bristol and Hampden County.

  • Only Barnstable, Dukes, and Norfolk counties had obese levels under 20%.

  • Diabetes rates were over 8% in Bristol, Hampden, and Suffolk counties. They are under 7% only in Barnstable, Franklin, and Norfolk counties..

  • Bristol County is the least active, and Barnstable County reports the most active people.

State programs and resources for improved nutrition and exercise

  • Massachusetts is among 26 other states with 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.

  • It also has “Complete Streets” laws which provide safe access for all forms of traffic including pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Outdoor recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod, the Berkshires and Taconics, Connecticut River, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, state forests, as well as state parks, city parks, and private recreational facilities.

  • Massachusetts produces an abundance of fresh fish, meat, fruit, nuts, and berries (cranberries) for a healthy diet. Fresh vegetables, dairy, poultry, and eggs are available in farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course, with home gardening.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor osteoporosis, diabetes, vaccinations, and tobacco education programs.

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