Obesity and Obesity Prevention
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Obesity is a major public health concern which contributes to the major chronic disease killers in the state such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Mississippi's adult obesity rates in almost all counties are some of the highest in the nation. In 2021, about 40% of all Mississippi adults were obese. About 1 in 7 Mississippi adults have type 2 diabetes, a consequence of obesity. (Map: CDC)
Reaching a Healthy Weight
Tools for Weight Management
Public Health Resources
Last reviewed on Sep 6, 2023
The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation
Includes recommendations on nutrition and physical activity, school wellness policies, child care, improving access to fruits and vegetables, reducing junk food marketing to children, and supporting walking and biking infrastructure.
Find Your Healthy Weight
Body Mass Index (BMI) Chart
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