Did you know that even people with a “normal” body mass index (BMI) can have unhealthy fatty tissue in the abdomen? The visceral fat (VAT) inside the abdomen in direct proximity to the liver is invisible from the outside. Depending on the body mass, this adipose tissue grows to no more than 2-4 kg. We show the connection in this table.
the BMI is no indicator for healthy fat metabolism!
Not body weight in relation to body height (BMI) determines whether a person is metabolically healthy. Regarding the metabolism and adipose tissue, the BMI has no significance. Neither tape measure nor scale can help determining the amount of visceral fat, which, from a certain mass, is extremely harmful to health. Doctors and scientists have known this for a long time, but without BIAvi they were only able to measure it accurately in complex clinical examinations.
Each gram of excess fat in the abdomen has a destructive effect on the entire body. This is not a normal fat tissue with the usual slow metabolic processes, but a very active tissue. During the steady buildup and breakdown visceral fat produces messenger- and inflammatory substances, causing many internal diseases. It is already statistically classified as an equally dangerous risk factor as severe smoking.
We have managed to make the invisible visceral fat measurable. Everyone can use the BIAvi device to measure their own risk. This is the basis for setting meaningful targets.
4 Risk types of fat metabolism
Regarding to the abdominal fat or fat metabolism we differentiate 4 types. The risk does not depend on the body mass index (BMI). There are heavy healthy people and on the other side sick ones with normal weight and too much visceral fat.
The table shows: A person with normal weight and much visceral fat has a much higher risk than an overweight person with a lot of under-skin fat. Only visceral fat forms risky messengers. This is the medical explanation for the “healthy thicknesses”. The table applies to women and men alike.
In summary, BIAvi differentiates these four risk types:
- Normal BMI and healthy metabolism = very low risk
- Increased BMI but healthy metabolism = low risk
- Normal BMI but unhealthy metabolism = moderate to increased risk
- Increased BMI and unhealthy metabolism = increased to very high risk
The measured value scale from 1-100 indicates the risk that is determined with the BIAvi device. The measurement differs very precisely between all tissue types in the abdomen and can distinguish the unhealthy visceral fat from the subcutaneous fat (directly under the skin).