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  • giovanni tiso,

    Oh wow. Um. Dude, you clearly don't know anything about BMI. At all. Also: really an assholish thing to say.

    Danielle: are we conducting this discussion in relay form, from blog to blog?

    You take this one. Wait, you already have.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Vector cuts Auckland power in protest at Section 92A!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I hate insurance companies period. The worst thing is that they have done the numbers. If they're charging you heaps for health insurance, then it's because they've had to pay out on a lot of people with your BMI. Of course there could be other factors which actually make your case less likely to cost them, but they probably don't have the numbers for those. As far as I know, they're always looking for ways to add more nuance to their numbers, so that they can offer more competitive rates (without costing themselves anything of course), but I guess the data collection costs a lot and takes a long time.

    I don't think there's much moral or even scientific reasoning behind their prices. It's all about the data they have, and making a profit. It could be that high BMI is at risk for reasons that have little to do with 'health' per se. Maybe being more massive makes people accident prone. The bigger they are the harder they fall, and all that. Or more likely to get in a fight even! It seems to me as I get older that being more massive is wearing in every way. Joints, load on internal organs, discomfort from not fitting things, slamming into things harder.

    But whatever it is, it sucks to be lumped in with the fatties, like all fatties are just heart attacks waiting to happen. It sucks to be discriminated on something you can do little about. But that is exactly what insurance companies do, whenever they can get away with it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10559 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Danielle: are we conducting this discussion in relay form, from blog to blog?

    Heh. I imagine, somehow, that people here will be much more horrible to The Squat than folks over at The Hand Mirror. I kind of wish I hadn't taken the baton, and had just run out of the stadium instead. :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Well, to save repetition, here's the link to the discussion at The Hand Mirror: BMI at factor in refusing residency.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    IMHO, you shouldn't even be allowed on the plane with a BMI of 35 unless you buy two or three seats.

    There's a bandwagon I'm staying away from.

    However, I do wonder if any airlines do, or ever will, change their baggage allowance to be 'total weight you bring onto the plane', including yourself and your baggage added together. Which would make sense from a fuel usage point of view, if not a marketing, looking like idiots point of view.

    I really just want to see everyone dash to the toilet to lighten the load before checking themselves in.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Or even do what boxers do, sit around in a sauna all the previous day, and turn up with massive dehydration, followed by a massive fluid and carbo loading session immediately after the weigh-in.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10559 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    everyone dash to the toilet to lighten the load before checking themselves in

    Not such a bad idea - seriously.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19518 posts Report Reply

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