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Volume 8: No. 4, July 2011

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Using Small-Area Estimation Method to Calculate County-Level Prevalence of Obesity in Mississippi, 2007-2009

County 2009 Prevalence of Obesity, % Healthy People 2010 Goal, % 2009 National Average, % 2009 Mississippi State Average, %
Lowest 10% 15.0 27.1 35.4
Lamar 30.5
Hancock 30.9
DeSoto 30.9
Rankin 31.1
Tishomingo 31.2
Lafayette 31.6
Itawamba 31.6
Madison 31.9
Highest 10%
Noxubee 41.0
Sharkey 41.1
Quitman 41.2
Tunica 41.2
Humphreys 41.8
Claiborne 42.0
Holmes 42.7
Jefferson 44.2

Figure 1. 2009 Mississippi County prevalence of obesity, BRFSS data. Ten percent of the counties with the lowest and highest obesity rates are shown. The vertical line at 15% indicates the Healthy People 2010 goal for obesity; vertical lines at 27.1%, and 35.4% indicate the 2009 national and state averages, respectively.

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Figure 2 indicates that counties with the highest obesity prevalence were clustered in the Mississippi Delta region and along the Mississippi River. Counties along the coastline and in the northeast region (Appalachian foothills) had lower obesity rates, as did counties with higher socioeconomic status, such as Madison and Rankin counties.

County 2009 Prevalence of Obesity, % County 2009 Prevalence of Obesity, % Quartiles, %
Lamar 30.5 Simpson 35.5 30.5 - 33.3
Hancock 30.9 Yalobusha 35.6 33.4 - 35.5
DeSoto 30.9 Franklin 35.6 35.6 - 37.9
Rankin 31.1 Attala 35.9 38.0 - 44.2
Tishomingo 31.2 Leake 35.9
Lafayette 31.6 Winston 35.9
Itawamba 31.6 Benton 36.0
Madison 31.9 Scott 36.2
Alcorn 31.9 Grenada 36.4
Lee 32.0 Wayne 36.5
Union 32.1 Chickasaw 36.5
Harrison 32.2 Montgomery 36.6
Pearl River 32.4 Amite 36.8
Pontotoc 32.4 Walthall 36.9
George 32.5 Hinds 36.9
Prentiss 32.6 Pike 37.0
Jackson 32.7 Adams 37.2
Tippah 33.1 Panola 37.4
Webster 33.2 Marshall 37.7
Neshoba 33.3 Clay 37.9
Stone 33.3 Copiah 38.0
Oktibbeha 33.3 Jasper 38.2
Forrest 33.5 Yazoo 38.7
Smith 33.6 Kemper 39.1
Jones 33.8 Jefferson Davis 39.2
Calhoun 34.0 Leflore 39.6
Tate 34.4 Washington 39.6
Newton 34.6 Bolivar 39.7
Perry 34.6 Tallahatchie 39.9
Greene 34.7 Issaquena 40.0
Lauderdale 34.7 Sunflower 40.2
Lincoln 34.8 Coahoma 40.5
Monroe 34.9 Wilkinson 41.0
Choctaw 35.1 Noxubee 41.0
Lawrence 35.1 Sharkey 41.1
Lowndes 35.2 Quitman 41.2
Covington 35.2 Tunica 41.2
Carroll 35.3 Humphreys 41.8
Marion 35.4 Claiborne 42.0
Warren 35.4 Holmes 42.7
Clarke 35.5 Jefferson 44.2

Figure 2. 2009 Mississippi County prevalence of obesity map (in quartiles), BRFSS data. Lighter colors represent lower obesity rate, and darker colors represent higher obesity rate.

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