Whoaaa....No worries guys - I am HUGE - (according to those height weight charts I am literally double the weight the doctor wants me to be (or about 7 lbs off)) and I was v. worried about a) just being put down as too fat b) having read that if you are seriously fat on the paperwork forms you may need further tests (as pointed out by IrishStew) and c) every time I see anyone medical (apart from my family) I get asked if I have diabetes or have been tested for it. However a) he seriously didn't even mention it and told me I was silly for mentioning it b) not any hint of having to have extra tests and c) no trace of glucose in my urine sample, so not even considered. (From looking at the health check form, I don't know if they will do a blood sugar level from my bloods or not, but it didn't look like it on the sheet - however I have no knowledge of this at all, so they may well do so).
I think, whilst I am very overweight, I don't actually look it too much - I'm very lucky and have a stupidly small waist, so because I am curvy (very hourglass shape) I don't look so 'blobby' and fat as it were - I don't know if this would change things in terms of perceptions of me and needing further tests (I'm also a bit heavier because I have weirdly disproportionately short legs compared to my trunk, which obviously weighs more than legs, so I'm heavier than I 'should' be if that makes sense).
So, whilst I couldn't say hand on heart, I don't think it will be an issue Bob - we were talking about it in the car on the way home, especially about the eye sight test bit and Rob getting some of the letters wrong (read my blog entry for more specific details rather than waffle on here lol), and we came to the conclusion that they have to have one standard test for everyone, but that because people are not standard there is a lot of flexibility in there - they don't want blind people to emigrate there because it would cost them lots of money (perhaps - no idea on blindness being a bar on entry before anyone panics!), so they do a little test to judge if you have eyesight, but aren't too fussy on you being exact on reading the letters etc. I'm guessing its the same with regards to weight and whether you need extra tests - some people are seriously seriously fat - like 'I can't walk anymore I am so fat' and there is nothing apart from the medical to 'catch' someone like that through the filtration process of application. But if they just said ' you have to have a BMI of 20-25' they would exclude perfectly healthy people who are body builders, or fat people without any legs would pass for eg, so that probably wouldn't have the flexibility needed in real life situations. It makes far more sense (thank goodness!) than a whole heap of processes here imho - and allows fatties like me to still get in the country :P
Basically don't stress - if you have a BMI of over 40 and its not muscle I would have thought maybe try and get it down a bit (its not that hard to lose 10% of your body weight without too much hassle if you are that large, I know, I've done it many times lol), but if you are healthy then you aren't going to cost Australia thousands in the future, which is the point of the medical after all.
:) (Sorry for waffling - I can't be succinct ever lol)
I am gonna publish this article AB ...Thanks for giving me sigh of relief.......I am a bit better now... I was seriously planning to go on strict GM diet and stop my Gold's Gym sched for a 2 weeks before CO was allocated...I was literally going nuts..:jimlad:...Thanks as ever AB...cheers! I am sure DIAC dunno need Olympians athletes for immigration.