This fat caliper accurately measures subcutaneous or adipose tissue for body fat assessment. Spring loaded caliper arms provide standard pressure for the measuring of skinfolds in nutrition, fat distribution, children's growth, anthropometry and other applications. Scale permits reading up to 60 mm. Its sturdy construction of lightweight aluminum insures years of reliable use. Features a contoured handgrip with safety strap handle. Comes complete with protective carrying case and manual Latex free.
What is body fat and why is it important to monitor? Body fat is stored energy. When a man measures higher than 20% body fat and a woman measures over 25%, he/she is considered obese. The higher the amount of body fat the higher the risk of serious illness such as heart disease and stroke. A sedentary life style or unhealthy diet may result in too high body fat as well as a loss of muscle- a necessary element for metabolism. Because your body fat amount can not be detected by appearance, it is important to monitor body fat level.
Body fat measurement is now considered an important factor in assessing nutritional status and level of general fitness. It is much more meaningful than weight alone, since the height- weight charts do not take into account body composition. For example, many professional athletes are virtually solid muscle, yet are classified as obese by the height- weight charts. Conversely, a person who satisfies the chart criteria can be overfat and in Poor Physical condition.