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Gallup Poll: Delaware is the 3rd Most Obese state, after Mississippi & West Virginia

When your state ends up with Mississippi and West Virginia in a national ranking of states, you know it can't be good.

A Gallup Well Being poll finds Delawareans rank among the third most obese in the United States.

...unless Delawareans are just more honest. Since the poll relies on self-reporting, is there a chance First Staters were just more brutally honest about reporting their personal data than people in some other states? And sometimes, our state's small size can distort a poll.

(I can't imagine this brutally cold and snowy winter has been that good for regular exercise and consuming healthy foods. Not counting the snow-shovelling, but of course, too much of that after long periods of inactivity is not good for you either!)

Anyway, here's a link to the Gallup poll:


Posted at 7:17am on March 5, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Wed, Mar 5, 2014 7:35pm
And just who's business is it anyway?

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 8:30am
We've got a lot of good food here in Delaware as we're a melting pot of cultures. Everything from Philly Cheese Steaks & Subs to Southern foods of all sorts, also wonderful food from almost every ethnic group in the world[European/Asian/Hispanic] so is it any wonder we've got a weight problem? Delaware's a cornacopia of great food.

If we can't find what we want within the boundaries of Delaware, we're no more than a 2-hour train-ride from N.Y.C., Washington D.C., and, of course, only 23 miles from Philly, all of which have even more choices. So maybe those "thin places" just have lousy boring food that even the family dog won't eat.

Also as Mrpizza said, who's business is it anyway?

Here's some good news for both EarlGrey and Mrpizza and gives some creedence to what they've been saying that the G.O.P./TEA Party could make some gains in the 2013 Congressional Races.

According a Gallup poll, it would appear the Republicans [RED] states are increasing, and the Democratic [Blue] states are decreasing since 2008, where there was a 30-state lead in Blue states vs, in 2013, where there is only a 3-state lead.

Blue states outnumbered red states in the U.S. last year, 17-to-14, according to Gallup Daily tracking of party preferences. That three-state advantage for the Democrats is down from a seven-state lead for the Democrats in 2012, and well short of their 30-state lead in 2008 -- Gallup's first year of state measurement. Still, it's larger than the near-tie in the party balance of states found in 2011."


So that might mean that IF the Republicans can come up with a really solid candidate; stay away from those "female" issues [do not allow Rick Santorum or any other Republican male to speak anywhere on such topics]; and not be some crazed looney extremist, they could give ole Hillary a real run for her money and just possibly beat Mrs. Clinton in 2016.

It's been awhile since the G.O.P. has been that smart [Republicans seem to shoot themselves in the foot quite often], but who knows, could 2014 be the year of a "new" Reagan, especially with the Ruskies starting up their old games of aggression again [I hear the strains of "Meadowlands" playing in the backgroud]? Also, many working folks are ticked-off by how much more THEY are paying for THEIR health-care insurance so that college girls like Sandra Fluke [or whatever her last name is] can have FREE Birth-Control pills, Free Abortions, etc., etc. Apparently she's running for Congress, go figure.

So the only thing left I can see to help cement a solid victory for the G.O.P./TEA candidates for Congress in 2014, and for President in 2016, would be their platform stating those 55+ would not have their Social Security messed with in any way, but there will be a new plan for those under 55. THEN, they'd have me and many others who are in that group 55+ [I'll be 63 in May] who need that Social Security and do not want any reductions to benefits or pushing back when they can retire from what it is now set up to be.

My point is, 2014 and 2016 could be big years for the G.O.P./TEA party IF they don't shoot themselves in the foot.

Thu, Mar 6, 2014 8:27pm
Excellent perspective, Mike. Also, let's keep Christine "Dorothy" O'Donnell at bay and make sure all the candidates know when Elvis's birthday is.

Of course, if they do win, they'll have to actually do what they promise, or it'll be another "here we go again."

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 8:21am
Mrpizza: Thanks, I agree, no Christine, no Sarah, no wack jobs, only candidates who can read [and actually do read books, magazines and newspapers since graduating from college - OK, if on-line versions], and actually have a grasp of what's going on other than what they hear Rush/Beck/Hannity spout on the radio, and yes, knowing when Elvis' birthday is.

The last part of your post would be nice, politicians who at least attempt to do what they say they want to do while running for office. This is pie-in-the-sky stuff, but it would be nice.

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