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November 18, 2012 11:48 PM Subscribe
I recently encountered a health doodad, and I would like to know what approximate percentage of it was bulls#%$.
posted by Scattercat to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
My wife and I volunteered to do this fitness month thing at our workplace. The YMCA is partnering up with all the companies in our business park and I don't know what all is going on, but among other things, they do a weigh-in and assessment before and after to see if you actually got healthier in the end.
The assessment was performed by handing me what appeared to be a fancy video game controller. It was basically, from what I remember, like an H made of black plastic with blinkenlights on. I was then told to "stand still, with feet shoulder width apart, and hold it out at arm's length." I complied, because what else does one do in such a situation? I asked what, exactly, I was holding and what it did, and the examiner told me that it used "electromagnetic pulses" to examine my fat content based on the principle that such pulses moved at different speeds through muscle and fat.
Afterward, I was informed that I was something like 27 percent body fat and that I was dehydrated. Which, okay, I'm pretty fat, no argument. And I hadn't had breakfast or anything to drink yet, so sure, I'd buy dehydrated. But it still felt like they'd just waved a dowsing rod with a quartz crystal on it at me.
My question, I suppose is: this device that was used... is this a thing now? Has anyone else encountered this? Is it real or did I just have the physical fitness equivalent of an E-Meter reading? Is there any kind of science to back this doohickey up?