Significance of Body Composition Analysis

Since 1990, Bodystat has been a key player in the advanced body composition analysis industry. It is a global company, below are some of the first questions that are commonly asked by people across the world:

  • What is body composition?
  • What is the relationship between body composition and body mass index (BMI) and how do we measure it?

This article provides answers to these questions.

What is body composition?

Body composition describes the components that make up the body, of which body fat is predominant. Other components include bones, lean muscle mass, and water. Body composition is an important aspect as it helps understand the health status of an individual.

What does BMI measure?

BMI is calculated by dividing weight by height squared. Let us consider two people with the same weight and height, but one of them is obese and the other is very muscular. It is visibly clear that the body composition will not be the same for them and one of them is definitely healthier when compared to the other.

However, if only their body mass index (BMI) is considered, then the two people would appear the same on paper.

Therefore, using BMI is not the ideal approach for properly monitoring the health status of an individual. This is the reason why BMI is now being generally overlooked as an informative calculation of the health status of an individual.

What is the best body composition test?

Several ‘gold standard’ methods are available for body composition measurement in accordance with true professional and scientific standards. However, these methods can be difficult, time-intensive, expensive, and generally have limited availability with select health professionals.

One method uses dual-energy X-ray obsorbtiometry (DXA), which calculates bone mineral density and by process of subtraction, soft tissue absorption. While another method includes hydrostatic or underwater weighing, which calculates buoyancy in relation to body mass and determines fat free mass by applying Archimedes’ principle.

How else can we calculate body composition?

Fortunately, more convenient methods are also available in the market to measure body composition. The accuracy of each method is different and each method employs an alternative approach for body composition analysis. Some of them include bioelectrical impedance, skin fold calipers, and scales.

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About Bodystat

Bodystat Ltd

Bodystat Limited is a Global Market Leader in Body Composition Analysis using Bioelectrical-Impedance Analysis (BIA). Bodystat focuses on the research, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative bio-impedance products using proven techniques, which are safe, reliable and deliver reproducible results.

Our Story, so far

In 1990, our Managing Director and CEO moved from the sunny coastal landscape of picturesque South Africa, to set up Bodystat on the 'not-so-warm' Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. He moved his whole family with two young children, holding only the belief in Bodystat and the technology.

Bodystat began from those early days in one room in the family home, where the whole family were involved in the business.

These were tough, nail-biting times, encompassing long days and even longer nights, like most new business start-ups. Before the days of internet and email snail-mail was the only method of advertising, and there were times when we wondered if Bodystat would make it.

Through tremendous hard work and perseverance, and a strong belief in the technology and product, Bodystat eventually became known as one of the world leaders in BIA (bio-electrical impedance analysis).

Due to those early days of dedicated research into understanding everything there was to know about the product and technology, we still pride ourselves as experts in this field. Bodystat is now located in the office building in the picture - a long way from one small room in the family home!

We always have considered ourselves a family business, and all our customers are welcomed into our family unit. Pick up the phone and you speak directly to us. We are passionate in what we do, dedicated to share our passion with you, our customers, and believe in the future of BIA.

The possibilities are infinite!

Join us in the discovery of new methods in which BIA can help improve the understanding of the human body.

Why BIA, Why Bodystat?

  • Measures fat-free mass and calculates fat mass
  • Some models include measurement or calculation of body cell mass, total body water, intracellular water extracellular water
  • Safe, non-invasive, fast, and inexpensive
  • Lightweight, portable devices which can be used at the bedside
  • May be useful to assess total body water in individuals with altered metabolic function
  • Excellent consistency and precision for repeated measurements.

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Last updated: Jul 14, 2018 at 7:27 PM

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