The State of Things

Date: 30 Apr 2010 24 Mar 2010 12 Feb 2010 7 Jan 2010
Height: 176cm (5ft 10)
Weight 89.8kg (197.6lbs) 91.1kg (200.4lbs) 91.5kg (201.3lbs) 93.1kg (204.8lbs)
BMI 28.99 29.41 29.54 30.06
% Body Fat 26.3% 26.8% 26.9% 27.9%
Total Body Water % 53.8% 53.4% 53.3% 52.6%
Muscle % 35.5% 35.2% 35.4% 34.9%
Chest 111½cm (43.89in) 114cm (44.88in) N/A
Waist 105cm (41.34in) 106cm (41.73in) N/A

Other than the height, these measurements were made using a set of home bathroom scales. Discussions of accuracy aside, they provide me with a baseline at the beginning of 2010. (On the original post, my weight was recorded at 94.2kgs, but I realised I had literally just eaten dinner. Two separate measurements the next day registered by weight as 93.1, so I’ve chosen to use this as my starting weight.)

According to the World Health Organisation, a BMI>30 is categorised as Obese Class 1. I have issues with this, as I believe BMI has a lot of flaws. Regardless, lets see how things change.

I think % Body Fat is a very useful tool. 27.9% is not that bad. According to good old Wikipedia, 27%-37% body fat is classed overweight, a descriptor that I think is much more accurate. Having access to an x-ray machine, I produced the following image of my abdomen:

For those of you not used to looking at xrays, everything between the arrows is fat. And if you look closely, you can see my overhanging gut.

Another xray…

PA CXR 7 Jan 2010

There are a couple of things worth noting here. The first is that the cardiothoracic ratio is less than 1:2, that is my heart is a normal size. The second is all of the white stuff to the sides of the ribcage – thats fat, or in my case – manboobs. Good air entry though.

So there it is, or there I am. Not very impressive at all.


2 responses

24 01 2010

hey dude…. interesting stats…

how in gods name did you figure out:

% Body Fat
Total Body Water %
Muscle %
Bone Mass

would be interested in doing the same work up myself??

25 01 2010

It’s really quite technical. There is a lot of heavy maths and stuff involved.
Or you could just buy a set of scales that tells you all those things. My set cost me $20 from ALDI.
I doubt that they are all that accurate, but as long as I use the same scales, they should provide a decent enough baseline.

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