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Maryland - 2012

Overall
Ranking

20

  • Outcomes Rank 26
  • Determinants Rank 16
  • Overall Rank 20
  • Diabetes Rank 22
  • Smoking Rank 11
  • Obesity Rank 29
MD 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 percentage of children in poverty
  • Low prevalence of smoking
  • Ready availability of primary care physicians

 

Challenges:

  • High levels of air pollution
  • High prevalence of low birthweight & high infant mortality rate
  • High violent crime rate

 

Highlights:

  • In the past ten years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased from 334.4 to 278.5 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • In the past ten years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 78.3 to 62.7 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty decreased from 13.6 percent to 11.3 percent of persons under age 18.
  • Maryland ranks higher for determinants than for outcomes, indicating that overall healthiness may improve over time.
  • More than 1.2 million adults are obese and almost 1.2 million adults live a sedentary lifestyle.
  • While Maryland had one of the lowest smoking rates in the U.S., more than 850,000 adults smoke.

 

Disparities:

  • In Maryland, smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 17.1 percent than Hispanics at 10.4 percent; obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 36.7 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 24.4 percent; and sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 29.1 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 20.7 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.dhmh.maryland.gov

Maryland - 2012

Overall
Ranking

20

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