Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.  BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight (kilograms) by his or her height (meters squared).

Risks Associated with Obesity

More than 40 medical conditions are associated with obesity.  The most common obesity-related diseases include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fatty Liver
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Obesity in Mississippi

Mississippi is ranked 2nd in states impacted by obesity

35.6% of adults in Mississippi would be classified obese.
31.9% of male Mississippians are affected by obesity
37.4% of female Mississippians are affected by obesity

The age group most effected by obesity in Mississippi is 26-44 (38.4%).

Mississippi ranks 1st in adults with Type 2 Diabetes (14.7%)

Mississippi’s 10-17-year-olds rank the highest in the nation for obesity in that age block (21.7%).

Mississippi is one of 19 states that have BMI screening requirements.

Delta Medical Weight Management Center
1867 Forrest Drive
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662-253-4184
Fax: 662-470-1810
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