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More Important Than The BMI?

Let’s compare 2 people:

Person Number 1:  49 year old female attorney, height: 5 feet 9 inches, weight 210 pounds, Body Mass Index (BMI) 31

Person Number 2: 25 year old male NFL football linebacker, height 6 feet one inch, weight 265 pounds, Body Mass Index 35

Both people have a BMI that places them in the category of Obesity”, with the football player being more “obese” than the lawyer.   As we all know, obesity has been linked to a number of serious potential co-morbidities including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, etc.

However, there is a stark difference between the two people described above.  If a body composition machine was used to evaluate both, there will be a major difference in body fat percentage.  Based on our experience in the SP Program, the female described above is likely to have a percentage body fat well above 40% whereas the football player may have a percentage body fat of 6%. 

The body composition, i.e. how much of the weight is fat vs. muscle, is a much better indicator of “health” and “risk” than the BMI.  The football player described above has an extraordinary amount of muscle, very low fat and therefore is an incredibly healthy person with a very favorable risk profile as this relates to obesity related co-morbidities.  The female attorney described above, with a % body fat well above the normal (30% or below for females) is very much at risk for many life-altering diseases.

We strongly recommend that post-program you continue to visit us for free monthly body scans.  This allows you to evaluate your health risks much better than stepping on your home scale.  Seeing the overall picture of body composition allows you to better formulate your goal weight.   Unlike the Capital One bank commercials that ask “What is in YOUR wallet?”, Posner is asking, “What is YOUR body composition?”  

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