Children & Body Fat

A Message for Children

Childhood Obesity

The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. Tanita is helping to combat this childhood obesity epidemic with a new line of FDA cleared body fat scales for children.  This gives parents, educators, and care givers a valuable tool in helping to encourage children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

                       

Weight and body mass index (BMI) alone can be misleading since they cannot distinguish fat from lean body mass.  Tanita designed body fat scales to provide a true picture of children’s health and fitness levels by measuring and classifying healthy body fat levels using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology. These scales are designed for children ages 5 to 17 years old, taking each gender’s physical developmental milestones into account.

Body Fat

Independent research has established body fat curves that reflect the known differences in the development of fat and lean body mass in boys and girls.  The curves are similar by gender until puberty, with boys proportionately decreasing body fat while girls continue to gain.  These differences are not revealed in existing data based on BMI.  The curves define regions of underfat, normal, overfat, and obese, and have been designed to yield similar results of overfat and obese children as IOTF and CDC standards.