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Mississippi Among Top Seven States in Adult Obesity Prevalence

Prevalence of self-reported obesity among U.S. adults, 2017. (CDC)

Mississippi is one of seven states with adult obesity prevalence of 35 percent or higher, data released Wednesday by CDC shows.

The states that reported the highest obesity prevalence were: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

This is up from five states in 2016.

Five years ago, no states had an obesity prevalence of 35 percent.

The data is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing, state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments. Height and weight data are self-reported.

Obesity prevalence ranged from a low of 22.6 percent in Colorado to a high of 38.1 percent in West Virginia.

Disparities persist across race, ethnicity, and education

Non-Hispanic Blacks had the highest prevalence of obesity at 39 percent, followed by Hispanics 32.4 percent and non-Hispanic whites, 29.3 percent.

Adults without a high school degree had the highest prevalence of obesity at 35.6 percent, followed by high school graduates at 32.9 percent.

College graduates had the lowest prevalence of obesity 22.7 percent.

Adults with obesity are at an increased risk for many serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, poorer mental health and more.

Children with obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity.
Obesity costs the United States health care system over $147 billion a year.

Turning the tide on obesity will take a comprehensive effort by all parts of society, according to the CDC.

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