- on Education & Information
- Published in issue 11/2004 on page 0
Ready, Steady, Fatty
Body Fat Monitor Scales
iSensible people look after their health: no smoking, moderate drinking, regular exercise and a healthy diet. And of course you want to keep an eye on your condition, for example with scales that also show your body fat percentage. Perhaps you already have one of these at home, but how do they work?It wasn’t that long ago when the body weight was the most important quantity when we looked to see if we were overweight. These days your body fat percentage is considered to give a better indication of your overall health. It tells you something about the chances of developing certain illnesses when you are too fat, such as heart and circulatory diseases, certain types of cancer and type-2 diabetes. Too little fat can also give rise to problems, especially in women. It can affect the menstruation and there is a greater chance of developing osteoporosis (calcium deficiency in bones).