- First Lady Michelle Obama is spearheading the White House effort to fight obesity.
- In 2006, obesity accounted for 9.1 percent of medical spending and as much as $147 billion annually
- obese patients spent an average of $1,429 more for their medical care that is a 42% higher cost
- costs of hospitalizations related to childhood obesity rose from $125.9 million in 2001 to $237.6 million in 2005
Fact Check: The cost of obesity