Having accurate data that shows how much excess fat your child has and where they store it makes it far easier to design an effective diet and exercise plan. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a highly-qualified pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who uses body composition analysis to determine the proportion of fat and lean tissue in your child’s body so she can create the best weight loss plan for them. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to arrange a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Body composition analysis is a measure of the amount of fat in your child’s body compared to the lean tissue or fat-free mass.
Measuring your child’s body composition gives Dr. Mathur valuable insight. Monitoring body composition during treatment is also a good way of checking on healthy weight loss, as you want to be sure that your child is losing excess fat rather than healthy muscle tissue.
Some fat is important to your child’s health, protecting the internal organs, regulating hormones, and acting as an energy store. It’s a buildup of too much fat that leads to health problems.
Lifestyle Medicine Center, uses bioelectrical impedance which is a sophisticated but simple, accurate and painless method.
Bioelectrical impedance uses harmless doses of micro electric current which travels at different speeds in the fat and lean tissue. This provides the body fat percentage for your child. This reading is available as a print out that Dr Mathur likes to share with parents and children/youth.
Simply put, the bathroom scales might say your child has lost weight while a body composition analysis may show the details. It reveals whether the weight loss was from the fat or muscle mass. In obesity there is excess fat. Fat is what hurts the body by causing inflammation.
Body composition analysis helps Dr Mathur monitor the balance of exercise and calories consumed. Using the information Dr. Mathur can adjust the medical weight loss plan.
To arrange a consultation call Lifestyle Medicine Center today, or book an appointment online.