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Monday, October 24, 2011

Are You Obese or Overweight - Know for Yourself

With obesity being a global problem, it is wise to determine whether you are overweight and, if you are, by how much. The first and most obvious method of finding out is to take a long, hard, objective look at yourself naked in a full-length mirror. If your muscles are not clearly defined, if your ribs do not show when you raise your arms above your head, if your chest disappears into an unsightly paunch when you look at your profile, then you are overweight. Don't fool yourself. If you are overweight, face up to the fact.

There is also the 'pinch method', a simplified version of the technique some doctors use to determine the degree of over­weight. Experts use specially calibrated skin fold calipers, but you can manage adequately with a do-it-yourself approach, using your thumb and index finger to assess the amount of fat on your abdomen and the back of the upper arm. This method, while being a fairly good indicator, is only a rough guide. Some people have more elastic skins than others (no 'give' at all would be as serious as a couple of inches) and the absence of fat in one area does not mean the absence of fat elsewhere.

Finally, there is the more efficient way of height and weight correlation which is based on the statistics of mortality rates and used by insurance companies and slimming guides. These charts can be useful, but a distinction must be made between tables which show the average weight of a given number of people and those which show the ideal or perfect weight. With so many overweight people in the population, the average weight figure will be anything up to 25 pounds more than the ideal.

Fat is the great variable in the body. The other components, such as blood, bones and muscle, vary little. Skeletal varia­tions, for example, are small. The difference between a person with fine bones and a person of the same weight with heavy bones is only about ten pounds. The difference in the quantity of fat that can be carried by people of similar body frames is, however, remarkably large. A recent study showed that men of five feet ten inches and weighing 225 pounds (distinctly overweight) had more than twice as much adipose tissue as did the control group of non obese men of the same height. The fat free masses of the two groups, however, were very similar. On the whole, therefore, the difference in weight between two people of the same height represents the difference in the weight of their fatty tissues.

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Peter Straw - Fitness and Weight Loss Advisor

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