Adult Obesity in Mississippi
Mississippi now has the third highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Mississippi's adult obesity rate is currently 35.5 percent, up from 23.7 percent in 2000 and from 15.0 percent in 1990. U.S. adult obesity rates remained mostly steady — but high — this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah and remaining stable in the rest. Rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent. View data for all states
Obesity rate by age (2014)
Obesity rate by race (2014)
Obesity rate by gender (2012)
Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2015.
Childhood Obesity in Mississippi
Signs of Progress on Childhood Obesity in Mississippi: A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, 2013 showed that 18 states, including Mississippi, and one U.S. territory experienced a decline in obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families between 2008 and 2011. Over that period, Mississippi's rate fell from 14.6% to 13.9%, a statistically significant decrease according to the CDC analysis. Read more about the report at rwjf.org.
High school students
Current obesity rate (2015)
Rank among states (2015)
Historical rates (1999-2015)
Obesity-Related Health Issues in Mississippi
Current adult hypertension rate (2013)
Rank among states (2013)
Hypertension cases in 2010
Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace
Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2013)
Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010
Projected cases of cancer in 2030
Sources: Current diabetes (2014) and hypertension (2013) rates are from The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]; 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 [PDF].