I had a physical exam for life insurance today, and as part of it the nurse took my height, weight, and all that stuff. But what really threw me for a loop was that she measured my height WITH MY SHOES ON. I asked about this, and she pointed out that that’s what the form she had from my life insurance underwriter asked for. Sure enough, the space for height said “Height (shoes on)”.
My question is, how could this possibly be useful? Note there was no corresponding space to write the height of the heels of the shoes. I assume that from height and weight they are calculating BMI and other such health stats, so what good does having the “shoes on” height do? I was wearing normal business shoes with maybe a 1" heel, but what if I had been wearing slippers? Or 5" platform shoes? Stilts?
I can’t believe that removing shoes is considered particularly onerous for anybody who’s already answering a bunch of personal medical history questions and provided blood and urine samples.
So, anybody know why they asked for shoes-on height? And what they plan to do with it, now that it’s basically corrupted information?
They might as well have asked for “height on tip-toes” or “height with knees bent a little, but not too much” for all the accuracy it’ll provide. I don’t get it.