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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. emoticon

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.

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    Thanks and tack så mycket! I appreciate the support and welcomes back emoticon

    Now to stay strong over the weekend. Focus focus focus!

    3084 days ago
    Oh yes, I remember that embarrasment when I planned to get a life insurance in my forties. Welcome back among us - keep in touch and let´s support eachothers!
    3084 days ago
    I second everything Hannah said! I'm glad you're back and tracking things, and congrats on your weight loss!! Water weight, shmater weight - you gotta start somewhere. :)

    Just don't try to "fat-shame" yourself into making healthy changes. Make those changes to get healthy and feel good, NOT because you are letting others (and you yourself) make you feel embarrassed or bad about yourself as you currently are. You don't want to go negative in your campaign to lose weight and get healthy - focus on the positive! :) Or at least, that's how I feel about it. Whatever works for you is obviously best decided by you rather than a stranger. :) Good luck and great job so far!
    3084 days ago
    Congratulations for 3 kg lighter!

    Even in Europe overweight is a social problem, especially in the centre-north.
    In the last five years statistics confirmed that in Sweden the average BMI for women increased constantly.
    On the basis of the “WHO MONICA" international Project, in USA the average cholesterol is around 216, in Sweden it is 240.
    2/3 of the Swedish population have cholesterol over the recommended limit.
    Coupled with the high consumption of alcohol, it is a serious risk.

    3084 days ago
    Congratulations on making changes. And 2 trips to the gym is 2 more trips than you were taking before, so don't go calling it "just" 2 trips to the gym last week!! ;)
    Regardless of what the BMI says, you are strong and powerful, and you can be anything you want to be!!!
    3084 days ago
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