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:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Fatty Liver
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
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.