The Lange Caliper Provides Accurate Measurement of Subcutaneous Tissue
The most direct, simple, and accurate method for estimating leanness-fatness is measuring the thickness of skinfolds by constant-tension calipers. The Lange Skinfold Calipers are specifically designed for the simple, accurate measurement of subcutaneous tissue.
The Lange Caliper incorporates the recommended principles for standardized usage in nutrition, fat distribution, child growth, anthropomorphic studies, and other applications.
Pivoted tips adjust automatically for parallel measurement of skinfolds, and rectangular faces with well-rounded edges and corners assure patient comfort. The face area is approximately 30 square mm. An easy-to-read scale permits reading up to 60 mm. Accurate to 1 mm. Spring-loaded levers provide a substantially constant standard pressure of 10 gm./sq. mm. over the entire operating range. All critical pivot points utilize low friction bearings to maintain accurate tip pressure at all jaw openings. The caliper is of sturdy, light-weight construction, and is anti-corrosive. Each unit is supplied in an individual case.
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.