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Gallup: Delaware falls dead last among states for frequent exercise

Here we go again:

Delaware plummets to the bottom in a Gallup State-of-the-State ranking of the states for adults reporting frequent exercise (at least half an hour more than 3 days a week).

This comes in the wake of the obsesity poll.

Socioeconomic factors (and perhaps availability of spare time) may be coming into play, as a state not that far away from us - Vermont - often tops these rankings, whether for frequent exercise or frequent consumption of veggies.


Posted at 6:15am on March 12, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 8:27am
Should Delaware change the state motto from "the first state" to the "plump & lazy state"? Has Gallup done recent state/state polling for education?

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 11:16am
It could also be that Delawareans are simply far more honest about themselves than others in other states... Just a simple comparison between Delaware's WalMarts and those of other states kind of throws this survey in doubt. And as with all polls discussed here many times... who still uses a landline that is under 70? Cell phones are not allowed to be polled...

Pollster: Do you exercise at least half an hour more than 3 days a week?

Granny: I used to back 10 years ago... But I broke my hip back when I was 82....

Pollster: I guess that would be a ... no. then?

That said, I wouldn't exercise at night in Wilmington's drug areas, which based on our state's population maps, would be the residence of 60,000/1,000,000 or 6% of our population.

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 11:40am
Looking for trends between states in the top ten versus bottom ten... came up with these...

Mountain states exercise more than flat states.
Fresh-air states exercise more than air-polluted states.

Low-density populations exercise more then high-density populations.

Five of the worst states are in the top ten states with the lowest mean elevation.... Six of the best states are in the top ten highest mean elevations... and if one goes top 20 and bottom 20, 9 of the best are in the top-20 highest elevations, and 8 of the worst are in states with the lowest-20 mean elevations...


It appears that it would be worth scientific study to see if wearing supplemental oxygen tanks would increase our desire for exercise.

Allan Loudell
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 11:43am

Gallups does poll cellphone--only households.

If you can, listen to my interview with the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition at the University of Delaware at about 4:06 p.m. -- His theories about why Delaware keeps placing at the bottom, or near the bottom, of state rankings on health-related topics...

Good points about "flat" vs. "mountain" states (with West Virginia being the outlier in some of these surveys), but I would add socio-economic and racial factors.

It's no accident Southern states often fare badly in these rankings, but how does Delaware then fit in?

Allan Loudell

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 5:37pm
Delaware has the 8th highest concentration of Afro-Americans as percentage of their population. Maryland, also not a Southern state, is at spot 4. All others from 1 up to spot 13 are from the Old South...


Wed, Mar 12, 2014 8:19pm
Lazy bums!

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 8:21am
Kavips: If you also look at those maps, you'll see that most of the black population lives in the large metro cities [the Blue counties], the more rural areas [Red counties] have far less black population.

Remember Maryland and Delaware were Border States and both did have slaves [Lower Delaware - Sussex County for sure, and probably Kent County]. If I remember my history correctly, Wilmington was the last stop on the underground railroad [Harriet Tubman, for whom the park by the train station is named] before the former slaves were in a free state, Pennsylvania. So even though upper Delaware sided with the North and probably due to its far larger population [even back then NCC had different politics from Kent and Sussex], kept Delaware from joining the South in seceeding from the nation. Sadly, former slaves apparently in Wilmington were still at-risk until crossing into PA or Ms. Tubman would not have had to operate her part of the underground railroad.

Don't know about Maryland, but would guess that Baltimore county was politically more like NCC in Delaware and being far more liberal than the rural counties, and it being the largest population center of that state, kept Maryland from seceeding and joining the South in starting the so-called "War of Northern Aggression" aka The Civil War.

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