Obesity in Mississippi

Mississippi ranks 1st in the United States with 39.5% of its population classified as obese. Increasing in numbers, year after year, obesity is insistent on making residence in Mississippi.




Obesity-Related Health Issues

Not only does obesity impair quality of life, it increases the risk of many diseases including diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the country. In Mississippi, heart disease is the #1 cause of death, 13% of Mississippi’s population suffer with diabetes and 41% struggle with high blood pressure. All of which attribute to preventable death numbers related to obesity.



Socioeconomics and Obesity

Poverty and obesity run hand and hand in Mississippi. Mississippi ranks #1 in the U.S. with 21% of its population living in poverty. Shown below, you can see the connection between income and obesity. Over half the state is considered rural/urban, so resources are at a minimum. Access to quality health care is sparse, food deserts are wide and sedentary behavior is steady with 33.2% of Mississippi residents physically inactive.

Obesity By County

Ranges 30% of county population to 46% of county population.

Median Household Income