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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].


  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
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at

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