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Best place for these simple machines are in the bathroom, thus also called as bathroom scales, weighing scales, or personal weighing machines. Modern digital weighing machines are simple, trendy, slim, and most importantly precise. Unlike the older generation non-digital machines, these modern weighing machines are free from wear and tear, thus a one-time, valuable investment in healthcare. A Digital body weight machine is easy to store and is a necessity in every health-conscious household. Since, every house has developing kids, old people who may lose weight, and of course adult who keep on gaining weight for no apparent reason.

Changes in body weight can tell a lot about health, be it a sudden weight loss, or gradual addition to body weight. In countries like India, weight loss is as much a problem as obesity, although most online focus more on obesity. Low body weight is as harmful as obesity, if not more. Low body weight means, fewer resources to fight stressful condition caused by diseases.

What is an ideal body weight?

Instead of relying on body weight, it would be better to use the term BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is calculated by dividing the body weight with height in meter, and the answer is once again divided with height in meters. So if a person is 65 kg and height is 1.7 meters then BMI would be, 65/1.7=38.24. The answer has to be again divided by height in meters, that is, 38.24/1.7= 22.5.

Healthy BMI for Indians is between 18-23, below is underweight, and above this range is overweight.

Reasons for sudden weight loss

Sudden weight loss may be a sign of some kind of chronic disease, many of them are dangerous for life. Regular use of weighing machine can help to keep a close eye on the dynamics of your body weight.

Some of the common reasons for weight loss are cancer (especially if a person is symptom-free), gastroenteritis, parasitic infections, hyperthyroidism, viral infection, or even wheat intolerance. Any kind of unexplained weight loss is a serious matter.

Obesity and health risks

Another reason to buy a digital body weight machine is to keep an eye on your weight management program. Obesity is behind the range of diseases. Overweight leads to metabolic changes, insulin resistance. Unchecked obesity leads to diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis (stiffening of blood vessels), heart diseases, arthritis, and much more.

How often should one use digital body weight machine?

It depends on whether a person is doing something for weight management or not. If a person is not taking any action, even once a month would be fine. However, for those actively involved in weight loss or weight gain program, once a week would suffice. Weighing on a daily basis is not advisable as it may rather discourage a person.

Apart from a digital body weight machine, some other encouragers may help in weight management and recording. We are talking about the various apps freely available, that help by providing tips, recording information, and much more. Thus owing a digital body weight machine and using apps like “Weight Loss Tracker”, “BMI” or “Monitor Your Weight” may work as an excellent combination.

Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic
Reviewed by Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic