How Fat Do I Look?

Do you hate to stand on the scales? When it comes to checking weight, it's not always the amount of weight on the scales, as everyone knows. And it's not just whether you fit into your jeans. It's exactly how fat you are. We've written a lot about fat distribution, and we've written about getting that fat rearranged, but everyone knows as long as they don't look fat, they are fine, right? Of course wrong. So When you go to the doctor's office are they measuring the right things? How about waist to hip ratios? That will at least tell you whether you are a pear or an apple. But how about the old fashioned calipers to grab your flabby parts. The American Bariatric Society endorses some criteria for obesity, that we are used to and a physician Dr. Eric Braverman, who is associated with Weill Cornell neurologic surgery department, but also seems to support some non-substantiated alternative therapies on his website, has reported that a study by his PATH Research of New York's(private company) recent study showed that at least 5% of individuals are deemed obese by BMI but are not, and about 37% of Americans are obese, meaning more than 30% of body fat for women, and 25% for men, if accurate DXA measurements are used. Or you can grade BMI: grade 1 obesity is 30-34.9, a grade 3 is over 40 BMI, grade 2 is all in between. Or your waist over 35 inches. The accurate BMI tests on bone densitometry may be relatively more costly (at Women's Health Practice we try to keep very affordable as most insurance companies won't cover, and charge $25 for our regular dieters) but they are so much more accurate at predicting the waist related obesity. If you insist on being cost effective, get out a measuring tape and check the weight to hip ratio! Women, you should be no more than 0.8! Quit reading, and go do some core work for at least 10 minutes!


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