It is estimated that 41.8% of school-aged children and youth in Mississippi are overweight or obese.
The reasons for this are varied: household financial constraints that prohibit purchase of fresh fruit, vegetables, and proteins; lack of access to these items in rural areas; poor dietary habits; failure to take advantage of school breakfast and lunch programs; limited physical activity; and increased time in front of a television, tablet, or phone.
What’s more, the “epidemic” of child overweight and obesity was no longer limited to mostly southeastern states by 2007, but had spread to the Midwest-and even Alaska.
The states with bigger childhood obesity problems were-no surprise-also the states where kids spent more time watching TV and less time being physically active.
Singh and his team compared state-by-state changes in rates of overweight and obesity between 20, using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.
They report their findings in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.Thanks to a grant from the National Governors Association under the Healthy Kids, Healthy America Program, Mississippi conducted an extensive study and developed an action plan of implementable policies to curb the rate of obesity and diabetes in our children. each school was required to establish a Local School Wellness Policy. Adults in the southeastern US-the so-called “Stroke Belt”-are known to be fatter and sicker than Americans living elsewhere.And at least in terms of overweight and obesity, the same pattern holds for kids, Dr. Singh of the US Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Maryland, and his colleagues found.Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.but several initiatives are moving us closer to the top in terms of fighting it among our youth and adults. Mississippi's adult obesity rate is currently 37.3%, up from 23.7% in 2000 and from 15.0% in 1990.This state profile includes data on adult and childhood obesity, obesity-related health issues, and policy actions Mississippi is taking to prevent and reduce obesity.Without action, what is now a ripple effect of negative health consequences will become a tidal wave of disease, disability and premature death. Mississippi has the second highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17.