Weight Management & Body Composition

Weight Management Health Screening

Maintaining a healthy body weight will help you to achieve good health in both your mind and spirit, and develop an overall feeling of well-being, and help to avoid Chronic Diseases such as Cardiovascular Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes and some Cancers.

Screening for weight management includes the following elements:

Body Composition

Body composition describes the different body compartments (especially lean mass and fat mass) that make up a person’s body weight.

There are two categories of body fat. Essential fat is needed for proper body functioning. You need this fat for a healthy nervous system, brain, heart, lungs liver and other important organs. Generally, men need at least 3-5% of their total weight to consist of fat, while women need around 12%.

Non-essential fat is found in fat cells and is often located just below the skin and around major organs. It helps cushion the body and keeps it warm.

Your lifestyle can have a huge impact on controlling the risk of excessive non-essential fat. To understand whether your exercise and nutrition programs are working properly, you need to know your body composition.

Body Fat Percentage

Ideal body weight is determined by the ratio between your ‘fat weight’ and ‘lean body weight’.

By testing your body fat percentage we will make sure you lie within the ideal ratios: 10-19% for men and 18-26% for women. If you’re not at your ideal ratio we will suggest tips for increasing lean body weight through weight training, or dietary adjustments.

Body Mass Index

Your BMI is a fantastic indicator of whether you’re a healthy weight. The theory is that your body weight should be proportional to your height, and it’s based on a simple calculation: dividing your body weight (in kilograms) by your height (in meters squared).

Waist Circumference and Waist/Hip Ratio

How and where you store your fat can make a huge difference to your wellbeing. Excess fat in the abdomen puts you at a higher risk for the disease. Excess abdominal fat is known to increase the risk for metabolic syndrome, which is a pre-diabetic condition and can lead to serious health problems.

It’s vital to flag up these issues at the earliest possible chance to reduce your risk of obesity and the relating health conditions.

An increased risk for disease is seen in men with a waist circumference greater than 102 cm (40 inches) and women with a waist circumference greater than 89 cm (35 in). A waist/hip ratio above 0.80 for women and 0.95 for men puts you at greater risk.

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