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Massachusetts - 2013



  • Outcomes Rank 14
  • Determinants Rank 3
  • Overall Rank 4
  • Diabetes Rank 10
  • Smoking Rank 7
  • Obesity Rank 2
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)


  • Low prevalence of obesity
  • Low percentage of uninsured population
  • Ready availability of primary care physicians & dentists



  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • Large disparity in health status by educational attainment



  • Massachusetts has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation at 22.9 percent of the adult population, yet almost 1.2 million adults are obese in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 18.2 percent to 16.4 percent of adults; however, almost 860,000 adults still smoke in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of physical inactivity decreased from 23.5 percent to 19.7 percent of adults; however, more than 1 million adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past year, the percentage of uninsured population decreased from 4.5 percent to 3.8 percent of the population; it is the lowest in the country and one-half the rate of the next lowest state.
  • In the past 5 years, the high school graduation rate increased from 78.7 percent to 82.6 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within 4 years.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 33 percent from 289.7 to 217.7 deaths per 100,000 population.



  • In Massachusetts, 60.7 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 26.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 34.5 percent.


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

Massachusetts - 2013



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