$501 million dollars. That’s the price tag for excess medical costs associated with the high rates of obesity in the Finger Lakes, according to a study by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Two-thirds of the adults in the region are either overweight or obese. This puts them at greater risk for serious medical conditions and a diminished quality of life.
The problem is associated with higher risks for a number of chronic conditions, including diabetes, asthma, gallbladder disease, and depression.