It would appear that lots of snow, generally speaking, reduces obesity in America.

The folks at Gallup have just come out with the annual U.S. obesity index. Gallup surveyed people in every state, and produced a list of states ranked by the percent of residents who self report their height and weight. That allows Gallup to do a body mass calculation, which leads to the ranking.

The nation's overall obesity continues to increase, Gallup said, with the national obesity rate rising from 27.1 percent in 2014 to 27.7 percent this year.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.