To determine whether a person was of normal weight, overweight, or obese, it’s common to measure a person’s BMI  (Body Mass Index).  The body mass index is calculated using height and weight only.   However, this doesn’t tell the whole story, and in fact, can be completely wrong.  Consider the muscular person with a low body fat percentage could have a high body mass index and be classified as obese, when in fact they are not.  Conversely, even at a normal BMI, many are at risk of disease due to a high body fat composition.

The Body Composition Test

In our clinic, we pay more attention to percentage of body fat.  We use a technique called “bioimpedance,” which will analyze your body fat percentage and weights of fat and fat-free mass.  In general, males over 25% body fat need improvement or treatment, while females over 30% body fat need improvement or treatment.