How fat are Mainers?

My 20th high school reunion is a week away (OMG, WTH, LOL) and I’m still deciding whether or not I should go. Not even sure I could remember who the heck my old classmates were, I pulled out a yearbook, blew off the dust, and then relived every horrible awkward teen phase I went through. Behind all the strange hairstyles and questionable fashions, I noticed how thin I used to be. In fact, most of the kids in those pictures looked pretty darn thin.

I mentioned this to a friend who said, “Yeah, everyone is fat these days. I blame junk food and video games.” I laughed and said that I blame motherhood and box wine. But days later, I started to wonder, how fat are we in Maine? I found an intriguing answer on a fascinating website called The State of Obesity.

According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,  Maine is pretty average when measured against the entire nation, in fact in 2016, it was ranked 24th in the country for adult obesity. The other numbers featured in this report are illuminating if not kind of frightening.

30% of adult Mainers were considered obese, which broke down to 30.2% of Maine men and 26.6% of Maine women. For kids between the ages of 10 and 17 years old, the obesity rate is 12.5%, which gives Maine kids a rank of 42nd in the nation.

The report also shows how Mainers fare with regard to specific health obesity related health problems too. For example, in 2010 there were 120,878 reported cases of diabetes and things stay at the current pace then this site projects that by 2030 there will be 192,680 cases. Yikes!

But that’s not all, the site also reports scary numbers for the rates of obesity related arthritis, obesity-related cancer, heart disease, and hypertension.

It’s not all bad news, though, according to the Fast Facts section of the site, the Northeast is considered the least obese.

I guess I’m going on that overdue diet now.