Metascale FATS . . . is a scale of human fat from starvation through normal to super-obesity. There are other more accurate methods of measuring human bodily fat but they require relatively expensive equipment and time consuming procedures. This method requires only a tape measure and a weight scale and a bit of calculation. The results for all but the most rigerous scientific purposes will be much better than for the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) because the FATS scale compensates for a persons stomach and hip girth as well as height. This can be done using the following formula or by simply entering the data in the FATS Calculator and using the derived number on the chart. Click here for a nice, printable PDF file of the chart below. Click here for The Probawayway Ten Day Diet plan.
Pot belly 'causes heart disease' By Rebecca Smith Medical Editor Last Updated: 2:39am BST 14/08/2007 People with pot bellies are at greater risk from heart disease than those whose fat is spread around the body, scientists have found. They carry extra fat near vital organs. The blood vessels that feed the heart are more likely to suffer blockages. Doctors believe measuring the waist-to-hip ratio may be more important than the body mass index (BMI) that calculates a person's healthy weight for their height. advertisement Telegraph - Menswear/Shoes The waist measurement is taken level with the belly button. This figure is divided by the hip circumference at its widest point to produce the correct waist-to-hip ratio. Men with a ratio of more than 1.0 and women with 0.8 or larger have the highest risk. A team at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre found that people with the largest waist-to-hip ratio are twice as likely to have calcium deposits in their arteries - a strong indicator of future cardiovascular ailments including heart attacks. Their study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that the BMI did not give a clear picture of a person's risk. Dr James de Lemos, an associate professor of internal medicine, said: "In our 30s and 40s, we often gain three to four inches in the mid-section. Even a small belly puts us at higher risk."
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