WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Public research and analytics outfit Gallup has learned that West Virginia has the highest rate of obese persons in America. A reported 33.5 percent of West Virginia residents are obese, Gallup Wellbeing, based in Washington, D.C., learned. “[H]owever, this is down from 35.3 [percent] in 2012, which was the highest for any state that Gallup and Healthways have found since 2008,” the report on the findings additionally noted. Other states following close behind in the contest for most obese were Mississippi with 32.2 percent, Arkansas with 31.4 percent, and Louisiana with 30.9 percent. Alabama, with a 30.4 percent rate of obesity, rounded out the top five. On the healthier side of the scale, Colorado was ranked as the healthiest state in regards to weight – just 18.7 percent of its population is obese, Gallup found. The national obesity rate is said to be 26.6 percent, which is on par with the previous year’s findings, but indicates a rise in obesity from 2008, when just 25.5 percent of the nation was considered to be obese. Data was collected from participating respondents who offered their height and weight information as part of information gathering for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
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Thousands of German Americans volunteered to fight for the Union in the American Civil War (1861-1865). Most had settled in northern states and no doubt adopted local attitudes. Having gone through their own revolution, many Germans had a strong revulsion against slavery. This was reflected in an incident on January 1, 1861, when the mostly German crowd made such a disturbance at a slave sale at the St. Louis courthouse that the sale price couldn't go above $8.00. The demonstration marked the last slave auction in St. Louis. Many Germans could see the parallel between slavery and serfdom in the old fatherland. The Germans were among the largest immigrant groups to participate in the Civil War: roughly 516,000 (23.4% of all Union soldiers) were German Americans, and about 216,000 were born in Germany. 36,000 of these native-born Germans enlisted from New York. Behind the Empire State came Missouri with 30,000 and Ohio with 20,000. A popular Union commander among Germans, Major General Franz Sigel was the highest-ranking German American officer in the Union Army, with many German immigrants claiming to enlist to "fight mit Sigel." A Missouri man had once written the Confederate authorities that all they had to do to get rid of the Saint Louis Unionists was destroy the local breweries and seize all the beer: "… By this means the Germans will all die in a week and the Yankees will then run from this State." - M. Jeff Thompson of Missouri
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