We did some fine tuning on our body fat measurements. This was necessary because we aim to achieve the highest possible precision!
New body fat classification:
We decided to implement a new, scientifically determined body fat classification in the Bodygee system. This classification defines healthy normal ranges of body fat and is based on the widely recognized research, conducted by Gallagher et al. (2000). In this study, more than a thousand people were analyzed to establish the body fat classification. The “normal range” is characterized neither by an increased risk of disease nor of an increased danger of mortality.
Compared to the previous classification, the ranges are only divided into 4 instead of 5 parts (low, normal, high, very high) and the ranges are accordingly wider and less strict. People whose body fat percentage was previously classified as "high" - even though they appear normal weight - are now also classified as "normal".
Lower fat percentage:
After extensive analysis, we have now implemented a correction in our automated girth measurement for body fat calculation. This allows us to reproduce the manual measurement, on which the calculation is based, more accurately.
The body fat percentages is generally lower (around 2-3%) compared to the uncorrected measurement. In the picture below you will find some "real" examples. Please note that this correction applies to all calculations - prospectively as well as retrospectively. This means that it also affects the results of your existing customers. We chose this procedure so that the comparability of a before-after scan is still guaranteed.
What you need to do:
The corrections are automatically implemented in the Coach App and the Client App. For the Client App, you can download the update from the App Store or Play Market. For the Coach App, we recommend that you refresh your browser or log out and log in again.
Please inform your clients about both, the new body fat classification and the lower body fat percentage. Check the results of existing scans while you have a meeting with your clients. We also recommend that you create another report if you have already printed one before.
Continue reading our latest blog post Fitness and Fatness: How to interpret Body Fat Percentages for more information about the interpretation of body fat.