Weighing In - Precise and Accurate Bathroom Scales for Home Weighing
Obesity is loosely defined as accumulation of fat in body storage areas to a point where the amount stored exceeds the amount required for normal body function. Obesity increases the risk of morbidity from many disorders, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and endometrial, breast, protate and colon cancers. The obvious manifestation of obesity is a visual appearance of increased body weight, and the usual complaint is of a cosmetic nature. This increased body weight may or may not be increased fatty tissue. Note that increased muscle mass does not necessarily indicate obesity, and that ideal body weight does not necessarily indicate a healthy composition of muscle, fat, water and bone.
There are two predominant types of weighing scales: mechanical (the previous standard) and electronic (strain gauge). A third type is the digital display scale. Mechanical weighing scales convert the downward pressure applied to a platform into a reading on a circular dial. Like many other medical devices, relatively inexpensive electronic units have mostly replaced these units, with the indicator dial visible through an opening in the platform. Most electronic scales provide a repeatable reading within 1% of the true weight, and the electronic display eliminates consumer subjectivity in interpreting the readings. Newer units also incorporate an auto zero feature, eliminating the need to zero the scale between readings.
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