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Massachusetts - 2012

Overall
Ranking

4

  • Outcomes Rank 12
  • Determinants Rank 2
  • Overall Rank 4
  • Diabetes Rank 6
  • Smoking Rank 9
  • Obesity Rank 3
MA Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

Strengths:

  • Low occupational fatalities rate
  • Low prevalence of obesity
  • Low rate of uninsured population
  • Ready availability of primary care physicians

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations

 

Highlights:

  • In the past five years, the rate of uninsured population decreased from 9.8 percent to 4.5 percent.
  • In the past ten years, the rate of cancer deaths decreased from 206.9 to 184.4 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • In the past year, the incidence of infectious disease decreased from 13.5 to 9.8 cases per 100,000 population.
  • Massachusetts has one of the lowest obesity rates in the U.S. at 22.7 percent of the adult population, yet almost 1.2 million adults are obese in the state.
  • Ten years ago, the rate of preventable hospitalizations was 84.1 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees; today it is 72.8.

 

Disparities:

  • In Massachusetts, sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among Hispanics at 35.5 percent than non-Hispanic blacks at 26.2 percent and non-Hispanic whites at 18.6 percent; and obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 31.5 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 22.1 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.mass.gov/dph

Massachusetts - 2012

Overall
Ranking

4

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