Body Composition Analysis

Body Composition Analysis

Body weight (mass) alone is not a clear indicator of good health as it does not differentiate between body fat and lean body mass. It is the excess body fat that correlates with increased risk of chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes or fatty liver. Body composition analysis allows to determine the amount of fat and lean muscle mass in the human body to determine the health risks.

There are many different ways to measure body composition. Body Mass Index (BMI), is one of the most common methods to estimate one’s body fat. Based on BMI value individuals are categorized as underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese, however it does not differentiate between muscle mass and fats mass. As muscle is heavier than fat, a very muscular person might be classified as overweight or obese using BMI chart alone.

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One of the more accurate methods is the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) scales. BIA is a non-invasive test that provides the measurement of body fat using electrical impedance or resistance of body tissues to the low voltage current. It can also estimate total body water and muscle mass of a person thus giving more detailed body composition analysis and health risks.