Mississippi Delta adults and youth report obesity rates exceeding state and national rates.
Information from 11 public schools within two counties was collected between November 2009 and February 2010. A cross-sectional investigation of 1,136 children in first through fifth grades, representing three school districts, was conducted. Student’s total body weight and height were measured to calculate BMI. Waist circumference was measured using a measuring tape, and was used to calculate WHtR.
Requiring weight-related health risk, as measured by WHtR, to be assessed regularly may help schools better evaluate their school health policies aimed at reversing childhood obesity.