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Measuring body fat

Where can I go to get my percentage of body fat measured and compared to my muscle mass?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

a man and a woman, both holding dumbbells and flexing their bicep muscles

There are a number of different ways to measure body fat. Most use calipers to look at various areas of the body including the chest, abdomen, thigh, arms, hips and back. Many folks can help you with measuring the percentage of body fat. You can contact a certified personal trainer. Many will take measurements as part of helping design an exercise program for you.

Physical therapists and dietitians will also take these measurements for you. Check with your doctor for a referral to someone he or she trusts.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr Gourmet