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glossary:body_fat_meters [2007/11/20 03:33]
Pat O'Connor
glossary:body_fat_meters [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +A body fat meter is a widely available tool used to measure the percentage of fat in the human body. Different meters use various methods to determine the [[body fat]] to weight ratio.
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 +In contrast with clinical tools, one relatively inexpensive type of body fat meter uses the principle of [[bioelectrical impedance analysis]] (BIA) to determine an individual'​s body fat percentage. To achieve this, the meter passes a small, harmless, electric current through the body and measures the resistance, then uses information on the person'​s weight, height, age, and sex, to calculate an approximate value for the person'​s body fat percentage. The calculation measures the total volume of water in the body (lean tissue and muscle contain a higher percentage of water than fat), and estimates the percentage of fat based on this information.
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