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The State of Obesity in

Massachusetts

Adult Obesity in Massachusetts

Massachusetts now has the sixth lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released September 2016. Massachusetts's adult obesity rate is currently 24.3 percent, up from 15.3 percent in 2000 and from 10.1 percent in 1990. According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015. This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases — aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010. View data for all states

Tweet thisCurrent adult obesity rate (2015)

24.3%

Rank among states (2015)

46/51

Adult obesity rate in Massachusetts (1990-2015)

Obesity rate by age (2015)

18-25 10.6% 26-44 23.0% 45-64 29.9% 65+ 25.2%

Obesity rate by race (2015)

White 23.0% Black 35.9% Latino 32.4%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 24.7% Women 21.2%

Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2016 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2016.

Childhood Obesity in Massachusetts New Data

2- to 4-year-old WIC participants

Current obesity rate (2014)

16.6%

Rank among states (2014)

6/51

Historical rates (2000-2014)

Source: stateofobesity.org/wic

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

14.5%

Rank among states (2011)

25/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

11.0%

Rank among states (2015)

34/43

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Massachusetts

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2015)

8.9%

Rank among states (2015)

35/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

483,855

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

745,248

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2015)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2015)

29.6%

Rank among states (2015)

38/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

1,258,549

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

1,703,405

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2015)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

375,028

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

1,792,732

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

1,270,472

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

1,096,100

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

102,436

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

266,466

Sources: Current diabetes (2015) and hypertension (2015) rates are from The State of Obesity 2016 [PDF]; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012 [PDF].