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The State of Obesity in

Mississippi

In Mississippi, 25.4% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Mississippi a ranking of 1 out of 51 for this age group among all states and the District of Columbia. This state profile includes data on childhood and adult obesity, obesity-related health issues, and policy actions Mississippi is taking to prevent and reduce obesity. The latest data show the obesity rate among WIC participants ages 2-4 decreased in 41 states and territories, increased in 3 states, and remained stable in the rest between 2010 and 2016. Rates range from a low of 7.9% in Utah to a high of 19.8% View obesity rate data among WIC participants ages 2-4 for all states.

Childhood Obesity in Mississippi New Data


2- to 4-year-old WIC participants

Current obesity rate (2016)

14.4%


Rank among states (2016)

21/51


Source: stateofobesity.org/wic

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2017-2018)

25.4%


Rank among states (2017-2018)

1/51


Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2017)

no data


Rank among states (2017)

no data 


Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity


Mississippi Mississippi reported an 11.6 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades K-5 from 2005 to 2013.

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Adult Obesity in Mississippi New Data


Obesity Rate (2018)

39.5%

Rank Among States (2018)

1/51

Obesity rate by age (2018)

18-25 29.5% 26-44 41.9% 45-64 45.2% 65+ 32.8%

Obesity rate by race (2018)

White 33.9% Black 46.1% Latino 28.2%

Obesity rate by gender (2018)

Men 36.1% Women 42.6%
Note: A change in methodology makes direct comparisons to data collected prior to 2011 difficult. Read the full rates and ranks methodology for more information. Source: Trust for America's Health. The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, 2019. Washington, D.C.: 2019.

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Mississippi New Data


Diabetes:

Current adult diabetes rate (2018)

14.3%


Rank among states (2018)

3/51


Diabetes cases in 2010

284,269


Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

415,353


Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2017)

Hypertension:

Current adult hypertension rate (2017)

40.8%


Rank among states (2017)

4/51


Hypertension cases in 2010

595,822


Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

751,568


Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2015)

Heart Disease:

Heart disease cases in 2010

183,417


Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

814,504


Arthritis:

Arthritis cases in 2010

589,477


Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

487,642


Obesity-Related Cancer:

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

46,018


Projected cases of cancer in 2030

111,069


Sources: Current diabetes (2018) and hypertension (2017) rates are from The State of Obesity 2019; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012.

State Policies to Prevent Obesity

Early Childhood U.S. Mississippi

Breastfeeding

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to allow or encourage onsite breastfeeding

22 + D.C. View all states

Defined Physical Activity

State has set a definition for physical activity in ECE settings

9 + D.C. View all states

Drinking Water

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to make drinking water available to children

43 View all states

Healthy Eating

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have healthy eating policies

50 + D.C. View all states

Link to CACFP Updates

State has licensing laws linked to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards that automatically update

23 + D.C. View all states

Nutrition Standards

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to provide meals and snacks that meet dietary guidelines

26 + D.C. View all states

Physical Activity

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have time for daily physical activity

50 + D.C. View all states

Private Breastfeeding Space

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have a private space available for mothers to breastfeed infants

4 + D.C. View all states

Screen Time

State sets limits for screen time in ECE settings, or has regulations requiring ECE centers to set limits.

29 + D.C. View all states
Schools U.S. Mississippi

Elementary School Physical Education

State requires elementary school students to participate in physical education

38 + D.C. View all states

High School Physical Education

State requires high school students to participate in physical education

42 + D.C. View all states

Middle School Physical Education

State requires middle school students to participate in physical education

36 + D.C. View all states

PE Time Requirement, Elementary Schools

State requires elementary school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

18 + D.C. View all states

PE Time Requirement, High Schools

State requires high school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

6 View all states

PE Time Requirement, Middle Schools

State requires middle school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

14 + D.C. View all states

Recess

State requires recess in elementary schools

5 View all states

Safe Routes to Schools

State has statutes or regulations on Safe Routes to School

16 View all states

Shared Use of Facilities

State has policy for communities to access school recreational facilities outside school hours.

36 + D.C. View all states

Community Eligibility Provision

Percentage of eligible schools in the state adopting the community eligibility provision

48.3% View all states

Farm-to-School Programs

Percentage of school districts in the state participating in farm-to-school activities

50% View all states

School Nutrition Standards

Percentage of school food authorities in state meeting updated meal nutrition standards

99.9% View all states
Community U.S. Mississippi

Complete Streets

State has adopted a complete streets policy

33 + D.C. View all states

Healthy Food Financing Initiatives

State has healthy food financing funding

37 + D.C. View all states

Preemption

State has laws preempting local policies related to nutrition

9 View all states

Child Food Insecurity Rate

Percentage of children in state that are food insecure

26.3% View all states

Overall Food Insecurity Rate

Percentage of the state population that is food insecure

21.5% View all states

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Percentage of state residents participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

19.0% View all states