First Lady Michelle Obama noted in an address before the National League of Cities that in the 10 cities with the nation's highest obesity rates, the direct costs connected with obesity and obesity-related diseases are roughly $50 million per 100,000 residents, according to USA Today.
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Mrs. Obama points out in her remarks to the National League of Cities that obesity carries some very steep costs for local governments, which ultimately get passed along to taxpayers.
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