Physical Wellness


Consistently, about 2/3 of Maine adults are overweight or obese.

No significant movement since the last available data

Benchmark: The combined percentage of overweight and obese adults in Maine will decline to 50% by 2030.

Overview Fig. A Fig. B


In 2021, 2 out of 3 Maine adults (66%) were overweight (body mass index of 25 to 29.9) or obese (body mass index of 30 or greater), just below the national average. Maine’s rate has steadily risen, up from 56% in 2000. Excess body weight increases the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, and some cancers. These conditions negatively affect quality of life and workplace productivity, and increase medical expenses.

In 2020-2021, almost 1 in 3 Maine youth ages 10-17 (30%) was overweight or obese, in line with the national rate (33%) .Childhood obesity is a serious, widespread problem that can cause long-term health challenges.

Fig. A

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Percentage of Overweight and Obese Adults

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fig. B

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