In recent months, Maine received a $4.28 million federal grant to address obesity issues.

Our state reportedly has the highest rate of obesity in New England, with an estimated 30 percent of Maine youth being overweight or obese.

That’s saying a mouthful considering that in the United States, approximately 58 million people are overweight. Forty million are obese, including about one in three American adults. Three million Americans are morbidly obese, or more than 100 pounds overweight.

We’re not alone, though. Obesity, apparently, has plenty of company.

“Globesity” has been part of our vocabulary since the World Health Organization classified obesity as a global epidemic.

Also, a while back, we reached a tipping point, so to speak, wherein the number of overweight people on the planet equaled the number of underweight people. In 2008, more than one in seven American households — approximately 49 million people — did not have enough food to eat. While millions are over-feasting, millions more are famished.

This grant, though, is to battle the bulge.

“These funds will enable us to support local partnerships designed to engage people in more physical activity and to improve nutrition,” said Gov. John Baldacci.

There’s nothing funny about obesity. It causes severe health problems. And it kills. Contributing factors are listed as hypothyroidism, medication and genetics.

Stephen O’Rahilly, professor of clinical biochemistry and medicine at Cambridge University was quoted as saying, “Nothing genetic explains the rise in obesity, We can’t change our genes over 30 years.”

Which leaves us with possible culprits that include over-consumption and lack of exercise.

It’s interesting, and rather frightening, to note that if we eat 100 more calories a day than we use, we’ll gain approximately one pound a month, 10 to 12 pounds a year, and 100 to 120 pounds a decade.

The Mayo Clinic reports that, according to surveys, about 20 percent of Americans frequently exercise and that 1 in 5 children regularly participate in after-school physical activity.

Factor into that equation riding lawnmowers, scooters, golf carts, escalators, moving sidewalks, snow blowers, weed whackers, elevators, garage door openers and robotic vacuum cleaners. They all free us from the “drudgery” of walking, bending over, lifting, or  … moving, really.

During our leisure time, rather than exercise, a hefty number of us plop in recliners with built-in refrigerators to watch “The Biggest Loser” on remote-controlled movie-screen-size TVs and have super-sized pizza delivered right to our door. (What? I have to get up?).

Did you bring any Doritos with that?

Speaking of which, annual U.S. sales of Doritos total more than $1 billion. We’d better spend our $4.28 million federal grant very wisely.