Obesity care is evolving with better treatment options than ever and a push to move beyond BMI as the only outcome metric. Measuring progress is critical to provide insight into changes in body fat, muscle mass, and water to show results of efforts and engage and motivate patients longer term.
We are living in a new era of obesity care with better treatment options than ever to help people lose and maintain weight loss. Obesity treatment specialists are moving away from using weight and BMI as the only outcomes to show progress and success and are more interested in looking inside to see changes in body composition with weight loss interventions.
As access to treatment options increases, more and more health care providers will be working with patients with obesity, and will need convenient, accurate, easy to understand tools to show patients how they are responding to treatments and ensure they are losing body fat and not too much muscle mass.
Bioimpedance Analysis fits within the clinical setting as an easy-to-use, accurate, and accessible method to assess body composition, and is becoming standard of care in medical and surgical weight management practices.
Weight and BMI are important markers for screening patients for health risks or need for further assessment or intervention, and are often required to document for medical insurance and determination of weight management benefits.
Fat mass percent is the proportion of fat mass making up body weight and is important as interventions target changes in body composition and reducing body fat. Body fat % may be required as an outcome metric by standards of care for weight management programs.
Validated with whole-body MRI, VAT is an important parameter to estimate the unhealthy fat located around the abdominal organs which has an impact on metabolic health
Waist circumference is a tool to estimate central or abdominal adiposity and Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT), which targets for metabolic health improvement with weight management interventions.
Focusing on preservation of skeletal muscle mass during weight loss and maintenance interventions is critical for long term health, as rapid weight loss can result in loss of an unfavorable ratio of muscle to fat. Early intervention with nutrition and strength training can combat the negative health consequences of loss of lean muscle mass.
The body composition chart (BCC) combines fat mass and skeletal muscle mass in a coordinate system. Looking at the FM and SMM together allows people to visualize where they are and where they are working towards with an intervention with a goal of moving toward preserving or building lean mass while losing fat mass
Resting Energy Expenditure (REE) is energy expended without movement and combined with a physical activity level can estimate total energy expenditure. Using fat mass and fat free mass instead of weight to calculate REE gives a better estimate of calories needed per day prior to adjustment for weight loss/maintenance/gain goals
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