Wellness & Prevention

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Maine's overweight and obesity rates are rising with the U.S. average.

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

Overview

This indicator measures the proportion of adults who are overweight or obese. 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, 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), about equal to the national average. Maine’s rate has steadily risen, up from 56% in 2000.

In 2018-2019, about 1 in 4 Maine youth ages 10-17 (25%) is overweight or obese. While this is below the national rate of 31%, childhood obesity is a serious, widespread problem that can cause long-term health challenges.

*The Council recognizes that this metric captures only one physical aspect of well-being. Research is underway on how best to concisely benchmark social/emotional well-being and its connection to economic opportunity and quality of life.

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Percentage of Overweight and Obese Adults, 2009-2019

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

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