Mississippi Health Department officials found that the state's high-school obesity rate declined from 18.1% in 2009 to 16.5% in 2011. "We are very encouraged to see this decline in obesity rates among our high-school students. Although the change from two years ago is not statistically significant, it's the first time in 10 years we have seen any decline at all in Mississippi's adolescent obesity rate," State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said.

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