My company offered a complimentary health screening today, where employees could have their cholesterol, glucose (ie: pre-diabetic status), blood pressure & BMI checked. I decided to sign up because I am terribly behind in doctor’s visits, and wanted to double check that my cholesterol & blood pressure were the same as before (was tested last year).
I knew just from the description that I was going to be told by a medical professional that, according to my BMI, I am obese. Meh, whatevs. My all good takeaways!:
- my cholestoral is good! (174)
- my “good” cholestoral could be higher. Am looking into this.
- my glucose level is normal (73 – no where near the pre-diabetic range, yay)
- my blood pressure, as ever, is low and excellent (114/85)
- and I’VE LOST TWO OF THE POUNDS I GAINED ON SATURDAY!!!
Can I just say, that last one supports my water retention theory But still, proof is in the WW scale — I’ll take even 1 pound loss on Saturday, frankly!
And my BMI is “obese.” I resisted the urge to pick a fight with the attendant about the validity of BMI, but did mention that I’m going to Weight Watchers and there is a new measure of body fat (BAI) that is currently being considered that is better.
Slightly depressing: overhearing the girl before me, a pretty wisp of a thing, being told she is 7 lbs away from an 18.5 BMI (ie: unhealthy) but she’s doing great! That means she is 122 lbs. I can’t even fathom weighing that. It’s just… an unreal number to me!
And, yes, I was the only fat person in the room (of the employees — several of the screening agents were my size or bigger).