Body Composition Testing

Nearly Half of Hong Kong People Exceed Normal Standard‭#*‬

Health awareness among Hong Kong people has been on the rise in recent years. A survey^ has shown that 75% of local people are either more concerned or very concerned about their health, and that they want to take action to maintain better health. The survey also pointed out that while respondents expressed concern about their health, they seldom turned that concern into action. Nealy half of the respondents said they will only look for a solution after experiencing health problems.

The Body Composition Analyzer (BCA) installed at the Amway Experience Centre collected body composition data from some 10,000 individuals aged between 18 and 65 over the past four years (excluding those collected from the weight management competition). Nearly half of the individuals had a body fat percentage and BMI exceeding the standard measurement#*. Weight and body fat are both important indicators of one’s overall health; the data collected through the Amway BCA indicates that Hong Kong people’s motivation to maintain a healthy body remains at a low level.

Body Composition Testing

Nearly Half of Hong Kong People Exceed Normal Standard‭#*‬

Health awareness among Hong Kong people has been on the rise in recent years. A survey^ has shown that 75% of local people are either more concerned or very concerned about their health, and that they want to take action to maintain better health. The survey also pointed out that while respondents expressed concern about their health, they seldom turned that concern into action. Nealy half of the respondents said they will only look for a solution after experiencing health problems.

The Body Composition Analyzer (BCA) installed at the Amway Experience Centre collected body composition data from some 10,000 individuals aged between 18 and 65 over the past four years (excluding those collected from the weight management competition). Nearly half of the individuals had a body fat percentage and BMI exceeding the standard measurement#*. Weight and body fat are both important indicators of one’s overall health; the data collected through the Amway BCA indicates that Hong Kong people’s motivation to maintain a healthy body remains at a low level.

Body Fat Percentage‭

Taking body fat percentage as an indicator, nearly 46% of participants are obese#.
The older the age, the greater number of people who are obese; there are 66% of people aged 51 to 65 are obese#.

BMI‭

Taking BMI as an indicator, nearly 48% of participants are overweight*. There are 58% of people aged 41 to 50 are overweight*.

‭^‬Source: Hong Kong Consumers’ Health Consciousness: Enjoyment in a Practical Way, Nielsen, 2018

‭#‬According to the standards of Hong Kong Dietitians Association, a male whose body fat percentage is higher than 23% is categorized as obese; a female whose body fat percentage is higher than 27% is categorized as obese

‭*According to the standards of Hong Kong Dietitians Association, BMI greater than 23 refers to being overweight

Keep Excess Fat and Weight at Bay!

Consuming too many calories is one of the main reasons for experiencing an increase in body fat and body weight. Action speaks louder than words, so you can begin to make a difference by changing your eating habits to enjoy better health. As Chinese New Year approaches, pay close attention to the following healthy eating tips so that you can enjoy a healthy start to the new year while still enjoying great food with family and friends.

1

Eat Slowly

It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness. Eating too fast can easily lead to overeating.

2

Choose Healthy Fat

An excessive intake of transfats and saturated fats can easily lead to an increase in bad cholesterol levels in the body. While unsaturated fat, which includes olive oil, is good for our health. Olive oil is the best choice for new year’s cooking as it helps to reduce your cholesterol intake.

3

Eat Smart

Sweets, cookies, pastries, soft drinks and other new year treats can be marked as “dangerous” foods as they contain high levels of sugar and transfats. Read the nutrition label carefully before enjoying any sweet treats, and always eat in moderation.

4

Consume More Fiber

It is recommended to consume high-fiber food at the start of your meal as it helps you feel full for longer. It also helps control your appetite and promote regular bowel movements. Healthy bowel movements help reduce the accumulation of harmful substances in your intestine at the same time as reducing the burden on the intestine caused by overeating during Chinese New Year.

5

Exercise More

Get a healthy start by going hiking or enjoying some outdoor activities with family and friends over the new year holiday.

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