Mcfluffy‘s post in the LJ fatshionista community about health assessments, and the resulting comment thread, got me thinking. She had one very negative assessement from the website of her health insurance company*; she had a very positive assessment from the “general health assessement” at this site.
I was a bit intrigued. I started playing around. I found that often these sorts of things are only looking for certain common problems.
Family history of breast cancer + Lack of breast self-exams = Risk!
Family history of lung cancer + Smoking = Risk!
Family history of heart problems + High blood pressure = Risk!
This is why most every such assessment starts with
More subtle things are often missed. Or, if they are included, you end up with a very detailed questionnaire that few people are going to want to finish.
But, you know, quizzes can be fun. If you realize that garbage in = garbage out, and take everything with a grain of salt, it can be interesting. You can also see if changing your weight on a quiz affects the results – because often it doesn’t.
With that said, here’s what a “Real Age” calculator came up with for me:
|Average Life Expectany:||75|
|Your Life Expectancy:||89.1|
Yes, I put my weight at the very highest end of the “Obese” marker. As for the “general health assessment“, I ended up with a “personal wellness score” of 92 out of 100. The full results includes that
[W]e are able to compute an appraised age, your appraised age is 39, that is great, it is less than your actual age. If you modify your habits you could reach an appraised age of 38, wouldn’t that be great?
Ways to improve
- You need to start a weight-loss program.
- Lower your blood pressure.
- Reduce the amount of fat in your diet.
Yes, I gave my weight at 400lbs, and the BP from my last checkup (132/88).
*Said assessment was optional, not required by the health insurance company or her employer.