Q: Is it possible to have too little body fat?

A: Yes. Both extremes–too much or too little body fat–put an individual at risk for serious medical and/or psychological conditions. Having a very low body fat percentage, particularly for women, can result in musculoskeletal problems and osteoporosis. And it can...

Q: Are there any illnesses directly linked to obesity?

A: Obesity is directly linked with Diabetes Type II and hypertension, and is a contributing risk factor for many other conditions including heart disease, sleep disorders, arthritis, gall bladder disease, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Awareness and monitoring...

Q: Why is it important to monitor body fat percentage?

A: Measuring weight alone is not a completely accurate assessment of health or fitness because it doesn’t distinguish pounds that come from fat and pounds that come from lean muscle mass. Everyone needs some body fat, but too much fat results in obesity–one of the...

Q: Why are your scales FDA cleared?

A: All bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) scales sold by Tanita have been cleared by FDA for sale in the US. BIA scales are medical devices that are regulated by the United States Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Section 510(k). This includes review and clearing an...

Q: Do I have to exercise?

A: You do have to get up off the couch! A little movement never hurt anyone. However, remember the standard weight loss saying “Eating less and exercising more will equal weight loss” is a myth. You should eat correctly, exercise moderately and this will equal weight...

Q: What is the omentum?

A: Omentum is the name of an organ that is attached to the bottom of your stomach behind the muscle. It collects fat cells like a fish net and is one of the primary reasons for protruding bellies.