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Is it ok to use a scale that scans body fat?

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7/30/07 4:34 P

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I use mine, but took it out of body fat mode, it can't tell your BF unless it knows who you are and all the info you have to program into it. I think I would find it too depressing to see the BF go thru the roof!

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7/26/07 12:46 A

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I have the scale too and my body fat has soared! It really scared me but then, I read that it can be inaccurate. I sure hope this is the case!!!

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7/13/07 10:05 P

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I was wondering that myself!! My scale shows your weight first and then it starts to scan your body fat so I usually just step off it once I see how much I weigh.

Olivia, mommy to:
Athena, September 6, 2005 &
Alexander, March 14, 2008

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7/10/07 12:44 A

I have that scale or one similar and it did have a warning on it for pregnant women not to use.

I've also heard from others that it is because of the scan function or whatever.

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7/6/07 10:36 A

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I use my Tanita scale very regularly - and did during my previous pregnancy as well.

The body fat calculation is more accurate later in the day, as it works better with a hydrated body. While the % is typically higher than what you actually are, the % change when losing weight is more accurate.

And, I've found the scale is very accurate and has been for years now.

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7/3/07 10:01 A

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I would contact the manufacturer of the device and follow their guidelines regarding safety. Also discuss this with your doctor.

I do know that Bioelectric Impedence Analysis has been used on pregnant women in research studies examining percenage body fat and hydration factors.
Becky, Your BF dietitian

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7/2/07 4:48 P

Its safe, but inaccurate. There is a higher error rate for those, and with pregnancy bloating, it will be even more inaccurate

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7/2/07 12:36 P

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This may be a dumb question, but is it ok to use a scale that scans for body fat and water composition? I thought that I remembered seeing a sticker on it when I bought it that said don't use during pregnancy. This is what the website says:

"Tanita’s new Scale plus Body Fat monitors with Body Water % calculate body water levels using bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA), the same highly accurate method used in all our body fat monitoring products. BIA monitors body water % by sending a safe, low-level electrical signal through the body. Our body water scales are the first of their kind available for in-home use."


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