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Mississippi's Response to Obesity

Mississippi's Response to Obesity

  • Physical Activity in Afterschool/Child Care Facilities– Mississippi is working to improve nutrition and physical activity in child care facilities by training staff and revising regulations pertaining to physical activity and nutrition policies.

  • Breastfeeding – Efforts are underway to promote breastfeeding by implementing lactation room policies and establishing a statewide Baby Friendly Hospital initiative.

  • Healthy Vending - The Mississippi State Department of Health is working with partners to implement a vending program to increase access to healthy snacks in state agencies.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.2MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Mississippi's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 67.9% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 34.0% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Mississippi's adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 16.5% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 18.3% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among Mississippi's children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 3

  • 14.9% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.7% were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Mississippi’s State Profile [PDF – 1.2MB].

References

  1. CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Prevalence and Trend Data – Overweight and Obesity, U.S. Obesity Trends, Trends by State 2010. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pednss/pednss_tables/
    tables_health_indicators.htm

 
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