Life Insurance requires an exam because my BMI is too high
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After a long hiatus I'm back at it again. I actually came back several days ago and from tracking my food the last 5 days I've dropped 3 kilo. Sure it's probably just water weight since I've only gone to the gym twice, but still, I'll take every milestone I can get.
I'm writing today because I want to make a note for myself. I know I will read this blog entry repeatedly, and it will serve as a reminder. I have a relatively new job and the company provides life insurance for free. I got a letter from the insurance company that says, "We have read your application, and based on your height and weight, your BMI is over 30. We need you to go to your nearest clinic for a health exam. Please take with you this form and have the provider fill it in."
I am of course, properly embarassed! The form asks for my height to be measured, my weight, and a measurement of my mid section. I could just cry, I'm so utterly embarassed. All those times I read my BMI and thought to myself," You should do something about this, Kel", well now I'm reaming myself for all the excuses I've used.
Also, I live in Sweden and the letter is in Swedish. I knew when I moved here that people might think, "Ah, another fat American! " No one ever said it to me directly, but this letter is as close as it gets for me.
And that's too close.
I will take this embarassment (and, anger too kinda) and channel it to be more diligent on tracking and more motivated to get in better shape, and more focused when I'm exercising.
Here we go.