Education Post 3
Dear Members and friends,
Here Coach Sarah Klassen expands on the value of body fat assessments and how and why CIHP performs them. Read on and expand your health and resilience literacy.
Body Fat Percentage is a Stronger Risk Predictor for Diabetes than BMI
BMI or Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing your weight by your height. It has been the standard measurement to determine an individual’s healthy weight for decades.
But, the BMI is misleading:
"13.5% of people with a normal BMI and high body fat had pre diabetes and diabetes compared to only 10.5% of those deemed “overweight” by their BMI but had lower body fat. " - CDC 1999 – 2006
“BMI may misclassify populations in relation to abnormal blood glucose,” showing they have a normal body weight and low risk of disease. - Journal of BMJ Open 2018
Skinfold assessments address body composition in its entirety. This includes body fat percentage AND its distribution, which a BMI cannot determine.
Take home message:
Body fat distribution
- BELLY fat can increase your risk for insulin resistance, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer.
- Other fat storage sites on the body can indicate hormonal imbalances.
How and why to test body fat percentage
- Our team at CIHP uses calipers to calculate your body fat at 14 sites to determine your total body fat percentage, distribution of body fat, and lean muscle mass. Caliper assessment is one of the most reliable ways of re-assessing body composition as it maintains the art of human contact where observation and palpation tell more of the story.
At the end of the day, while total percent body fat is something we track and what our culture uses for a gauge of approval, where you are storing fat and how you change it are of greater and more essential importance to your health and resilience. And this means you want and need more muscle. Lean mass(muscle) equals health and longevity. Lean mass(muscle) equals less fat. Ask your CIHP team member today what do you need to do to develop more muscle (lean mass).
Clayton Skaggs DC