Obesity in Michigan

Posted In: News, State,   From Issue 899   By: Dietspotlight

16th July, 2020     0

Obesity is quickly becoming a public health crisis and a new face of America. The condition which is associated with excessive amounts of body fat is closely linked with other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Here are a few facts about obesity:

  • Obese American adults now outnumber those who are underweight.
  • A standard adult BMI of more than 30 is considered obese, presently, that is 78.6 million of American adults.

●      The annual medical cost of obesity is more than $147 billion US

Obesity in Michigan

About 18.9% of Michigan youthsbetween the ages of 10 and 17 have obesity, making the state rank 5 out of 51 states for this group. Generally, the state is continually ranking the top 10 to 15 of the most obese states across the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), more than 35 percent of adults are considered overweight, while 30 percent are considered obese. In simple terms, 3 out of 10 adults in Michigan are struggling with obesity.

Now, if we break down obesity statistics in Michigan even further, say to a county level, we get an even more intimate idea of how the everyday person is faring in the fight against weight gain. 

Based on data collected voluntarily and anonymously by visitors to the resource website Dietspotlight, both men and women in Saginaw County are fighting obesity.

Men in Saginaw County weigh about 248 pounds and carry a body mass index of about 34. Body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of body fatness. Anything over 30 is considered obese. 

Women, on the other hand, weigh about 184 pounds and have a BMI of 32. 

Overall, residents in the county need to lose about 66 pounds to achieve a healthy weight while the state average is 63 pounds and the national average is 59 pounds. That means the amount of weight residents need to lose, compared to state and national averages is 5% and 13% higher, respectively.

What is being done to fix the pandemic?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working on controlling and preventing obesity and other chronic illnesses by promoting proper physical activity, healthy eating, and backing environmental policies and strategies that support a healthy lifestyle. The Michigan & Wellness 4x4 Plan also urges Michiganders to lead a healthy lifestyle by offering four personal health measures and practices.

All research presented on Dietspotlight has been reviewed and verified by a team of medical and nutritional professionals for accuracy and timeliness. 

















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