Body composition (percentage of fat vs. lean mass) reflects the results of both physical activity and nutritional practices. Body weight alone can be very misleading. The scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle. Over time, people tend to gain fat and lose muscle without an obvious change in their weight. And, even though we need a certain amount of fat in our bodies to ensure good health, excess body fat has been found to increase the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now declared
obesity an epidemic, with 66% of adult Americans either overweight or obese (having
excess body fat). On the other hand, too little body fat can also pose a number of health
risks, especially for women.
It is vital to know whether or not your body fat levels fall into the acceptable range or not
otherwise you could be facing some possibly fatal risks without even knowing it. Get
your body fat tested here.
During this session, various sites are marked on the body and then ‘skinfolds’ are
measured using *Harpenden calipers to determine an accurate estimate of bodyfat
percentage. Caliper testing from a certified and experienced tester is the second best way
to track bodyfat percentage next to using a bod pod which is fairly expensive and hard to
*Harpenden Skinfold Caliper
The Harpenden is the most accurate skinfold caliper made. It has been the standard
research caliper for many years. Virtually all the data and equations relating skinfold
thickness to bodyfat are based on studies done with the Harpenden.