One-Legged Man Shares 'Hilarious' Reason Insurance Company Checked Weight

A man with one leg has shared the "hilarious" story of how an insurance company sent a nurse to his home to understand why he was "dangerously" underweight for his height, without taking into account his missing limb.

Josh Sundquist, a comedian who has 2.3 million followers on TikTok, shared his story on the platform in a pair of videos that have been viewed over 2.9 million times.

His story highlights how Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a person's weight-to-height ratio, is not always an accurate measure of a person's health. A person is considered underweight if they have a BMI of less than 18.5, normal if they have a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9, overweight between 25 to 29.9, and obese at 30 or greater.

But, for instance, a healthy but heavy body builder may wrongly score as obese on the BMI scale. Or, as Sundquist's story demonstrates, a person with a missing limb can score dangerously low when they may be a healthy weight.

Dr. Eva Tseng, assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, previously told Newsweek that BMI: "Does not directly measure excess body fat and it does not adjust for factors like age, sex, ethnicity and muscle mass. It also does not tell us the distribution of body fat in a person."

In the video, which can be seen here, Sundquist films himself looking confused alongside the words: "When my health insurance company sent a nurse to my house because my body weight is 'dangerously low for my height.'"

In a second video replying to a commenter, which can be seen here, he said the nurse arrived at his house with a printout from a computer system saying that he was "potentially malnourished" after his "very dangerous" weight-to-height ratio was flagged by artificial intelligence.

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Reply to @jacksonreda29 here’s the rest of the story. so classic!

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"The computer system was unable to see something else in my health history that might explain it, so she has to come in and she has to ask me all these questions in a script," he said.

Sundquist said the nurse asked him if he thinks he eats enough calories every day.

"And I was like, 'look, I know I'm kind of skinny but now that you're standing here, I think we can agree there's a better explanation for this situation," he said.

Sundquist said the nurse had to ask about his health history, and he explained he lost his leg 25 years ago.

The nurse then asked if he had any recent operations, and he said he had two knee surgeries, to which the nurse replied "on which knee," according to Sundquist.

"I'll give you one guess," Sundquist, who had his left leg amputated from the hip down, said in the video while laughing.

He said the nurse then replied: "Oh, right, right."

In a comment accompanying the post, Sundquist said: "btw [by the way] I've always found nurses to be super smart and generally wonderful ppl [people]. This nurse was just following (faulty) instructions created by a computer."

Over 1,500 people commented on the second video, with many pointing out the absurdity of the situation. Many joked Sundquist should have replied "left, left," when the nurse said "oh right, right."

One user commented: "​​Haha this is hilarious!!!"

Another wrote: "Yet another reason BMI isn't a unit of health measure."

One said: "Awkward situation and awkward questions," alongside three laughing emojis.

"That poor nurse is going to cringe about that for the rest of her life," another user said alongside a laughing emoji.

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A stock image shows a person with one leg. Josh Sundquist lost his leg 25 years ago. Getty Images