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maine paradeMore than half of all adults in the state will be obese by 2030 if Mainers continue packing on the pounds at current rates, according to a national report released Tuesday. The adult obesity rate in Maine is on course to reach 55.2 percent in 20 years, according to the annual “F as in Fat” report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report predicts that every state in the nation will have an obesity rate topping 44 percent by 2030, with Mississippi tipping the scales at 66.7 percent and Colorado at the thinner end with 44.8 percent of all adults labeled obese. Adults are considered obese if their body mass index, a body fat calculation based on individual weight and height, totals 30 or higher. The report’s projections aren’t surprising given the prevalence of obesity in Maine and across the country, but serve as a call to action, said Tina Pettingill, executive director of the Maine Public Health Association. “It’s devastating,” she said. “It will devastate our economy and the people of Maine. We have to do something about this.”Today, Maine is tied with North Dakota at 25th in the nation with an adult obesity rate of 27.8 percent, according to 2011 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1995, 14.3 percent of Mainers were obese. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)