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Monday, 19 September 2011 11:22

The Importance of Inner Health

Obesity is one of the leading risk factors contributing to chronic diseases. And let's face it, Australia is a nation growing rapidly in terms of obesity.

However, did you know that even a thin person could be dangerously unhealthy? This is now known as 'ToFi' - thin on the outside, fat on the inside or normal weight obesity. Overweight, normal weight and even under weight people can be susceptible to visceral fats.

While an over abundance of subcutaneous fatty tissue is not healthy, it is healthy to maintain a certain level of these fats. However, visceral fats collect around and clog organs, creating a significant health risk. They are also major contributors to health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and even cancer. The good news is chronic disease caused by obesity is preventable or manageable.

The most widely used measure of body fat is the body mass index (BMI). However, BMI does not differentiate between athletic and non-athletic body compositions; it fails to reveal age-related changes; it does not detect gender differences during growth and development stages; nor does it detect, measure or monitor visceral fats.

Tanita's InnerScanĀ® Body Composition Monitors use Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology, which do all of the above, measuring you from your inside out. Through its body scanning process, BIA technology incorporates many important factors that are not accounted for when using BMI. Tanita's cutting-edge technology gives each individual their exact and unique measurements.

How is this done? BIA technology is a measuring of resistance to the flow of a safe, low-level electric current, which cannot be felt. This current travels through body fluids contained mainly in lean tissue where impedance is low. (Impedance is high in fat tissue.) Because BIA measures from the inside out, this advanced technology gives Tanita unmatched accuracy of your individual body measurements over an even wider range of important body elements including weight, body fat, visceral fat, muscle and bone masses, hydration level, metabolic age and rate, physique ranking and more.

To better understand Tanita's leading-edge use of BIA technology and to view other Tanita products including full-body composition scanners, health monitors, and bathroom and kitchen scales, visit www.tanitaaustralia.com.au or freecall Australia: 1800 656 444.


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