Obesity Epidemic

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting.

Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.  BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight (kilograms) by his or her height (meters squared).

Risk Associated with Obesity

More than 40 medical conditions are associated with obesity.  The most common obesity-related diseases include:

Obesity in Mississippi

Mississippi is ranked 2nd in states impacted by obesity

35.6% of adults in Mississippi would be classified obese.
31.9% of male Mississippians are affected by obesity
37.4% of female Mississippians are affected by obesity

The age group most effected by obesity in Mississippi is 26-44 (38.4%).

Mississippi ranks 1st in adults with Type 2 Diabetes (14.7%)

Mississippi’s 10-17-year-olds rank the highest in the nation for obesity in that age block (21.7%).

Mississippi is one of 19 states that have BMI screening requirements.