Obesity remains issue for Massachusetts
We see everywhere in the media that America is facing a long, dangerous list of health threats due to poor diet, lack of exercise and stress. Childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke … these problems are present in all states across the nation.
Massachusetts is no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 percent of Massachusetts adults are classified as obese, based upon 2010 reports.
Also, a 2008 Massachusetts Department of Public Health report revealed 3 million of the state’s residents were above a healthy weight. The report found that a third of high school and middle school students in Massachusetts between ages 10 and 17 were overweight or obese, outpacing national averages, with more obesity among low-income, black, and Hispanic students.