A British nurse has been denied the chance of emigrating to New Zealand because the country’s government said her 21st weight could cost them thousands in future health costs.
Documents from the country’s Residence Review Board show the 51-year-old, who is not named, was offered a job in a home and hospital for the elderly in a provincial town in New Zealand. She had decided to move there with her husband, a crane driver, and her daughter who planned to work in a shop, after returning from a holiday to the country in 2007.
But medical advisors calculated that with a weight of 21st and height of 5ft 1in, her body mass index (BMI) was 55.2, putting her at a high risk of developing health problems.
The certifying doctor recorded ‘morbid obesity in otherwise well lady’.
Treatment of potential metabolic problems could cost the New Zealand government 25,000 NZ dollars, it was estimated.
Officials said if she reduced her BMI to 40 her application could be reconsidered.