Mississippi Plays the Heavy in Obesity Study

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi has the second-highest adult obesity rate in the country and is one of seven states where adult obesity rates exceed 35 percent of the population. West Virginia ranks highest at 38 percent and Colorado the lowest at just under 23 percent according to the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Adult obesity in Mississippi is over 37 percent, up from around 24 percent in 2000. People aged 45 to 64 have an obesity rate of 42 percent and about 45 percent of black adults in Mississippi are considered obese, compared to 32 percent of white adults.


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