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Mississippi - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 48
  • Determinants Rank 50
  • Overall Rank 50
  • Diabetes Rank 50
  • Smoking Rank 46
  • Obesity Rank 50
MS Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)


  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low violent crime rate



  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight
  • High prevalence of sedentary lifestyle, obesity, & diabetes
  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High rate of cardiovascular deaths



  • In the past five years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 109.8 to 91.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage decreased from 92.7 percent to 88.2 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months.7
  • In the past year, the rate of uninsured population decreased from 19.2 percent to 18.6 percent.
  • Last year, 63.9 percent of incoming ninth graders graduated within four years; this year it is 62.0 percent.
  • Mississippi ranks last in the U.S. for sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes. There are more than 800,000 adults living a sedentary lifestyle, almost 780,000 obese adults and almost 280,000 adults with diabetes in the state.
  • The percent of children under age 18 living in poverty decreased from 33.7 percent to 24.4 percent in the last year.



  • In Mississippi, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 43.2 percent than Hispanics at 33.4 percent and non-Hispanic whites at 30.9 percent; sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 37.2 percent than Hispanics at 27.3 percent; and smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 24.1 percent than Hispanics at 18.8 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.msdh.state.ms.us

Mississippi - 2012



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