Health Calculators

Durnin/Womersley Skinfold Body Fat Definition

Weight, Body Mass Index, and counting inches are all ways of measuring one’s overall health. What many don’t know is that even these calculations can be misconstrued and can actually make a person think they are healthier than they actually are.

Inaccuracies in Common Health Measuring Systems

For example, muscle weighs more than fat, so individuals who are lifting weights may actually gain weight but fit into a smaller size clothing. In addition, different bone structures simply do not provide an accurate BMI measurement, which can lead a tall athlete to be categorized as overweight. One can see how these measuring tools can be inaccurate and primitive, at best.

Overview of the Durnin/Womersley Skinfold Body Fat Calculator

In order to avoid the limited information that often leads to errors in other body measurement systems, the Durnin/Womersley Skinfold Body Fat Calculator takes many elements of one’s body into consideration. This system produces a body fat estimate by using the following measurements:

  • Gender
  • Age in Years
  • Tricep Measurement(mm)
  • Bicep Measurement(mm)
  • Suprailiac Measurement(mm)
  • Subscapular Measurement(mm)

Stipulations of this Measurement System

As one can see, this system takes various points of the body into consideration to improve accuracy. Individuals who are larger in one body area are not penalized for their body type. However, individuals using this method must make sure to measure each area accurately, as one measurement error could produce inaccurate results. In addition, measurements must be made in millimeters in order to be effective.

How It Works

After submitting all of the information into the formatted calculator, users simply hit the “submit” button. The device then calculates an accurate body fat estimate. Users can print out their reading and may continue to use the device as they lose weight or their fitness level progresses in order to track results.

Improving Fitness and Health

By tracking measurements on a continuing basis, users can motivate themselves to lose body fat and improve their health. Losing a significant amount of body fat and/or weight can lead to a reduced risk for:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. High Blood Pressure
  3. Diabetes
  4. Depression
  5. Obesity/Morbid Obesity
  6. Cancer
  7. Thyroid Disease
  8. Cardiac Abnormalities; and
  9. Cardiovascular Disease

While simply using this tool will not improve a user’s health, it can provide the motivation that one needs to begin/continue losing body fat and weight. Losing weight promotes confidence, healthy habits, and regular exercise, in addition to increased energy and a decrease in the risk of generating negative health issues.

So forget traditional scales, BMI calculators, and exclusively counting inches. The Durnin/Womersley Skinfold Body Fat Calculator provides instantaneous results that are accurate and comprehensive. It provides results that can help users lose body fat and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

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