A Texan woman gave birth to a 16-pound baby late last week, amid fears that the state is grappling with childhood obesity.

Janet Johnson, age 39, gave birth to her 16 pound, one ounce son JaMichael Brown at a hospital in East Texas.

Johnson was just as shocked by her Texas-sized baby as everyone else.

Everybody was amazed that he was so big, the mother told Forbes, I don't think too many people have heard of having a 16-pound baby.


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The birth comes amid concerns that America's childhood obesity statistics are through the roof.

A recently released annual report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, soaring up to 34.4 percent, while other states, such as, Colorado - who scored the lowest in obese residents in the report with a rate of 19.8 percent - remain steady.

Texas' obesity figures aren't too far behind Mississippi's.

The Lone Star State ranks number seven for childhood obesity at 20.4 percent, just 1.5 percent behind Mississippi, the first.

While little JaMichael Johnson is off to a bad start, there is still a chance for him to stay out of that whopping 20.4 percent.

Changing policies is an important way to provide children and families with vital resources and opportunities to make healthier choices easier in their day-to-day lives, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation told Reuters about the recent F as in Fat report.