Monday, December 12, 2005

3DPS vs. Measuring tape

Talk about overkill.

A report on the news about a 3-dimensional photonic image scanner which uses 4 lasers to measure over 2 million points on the body.

What's it for?

It's to measure the incidence of abdominal obesity, otherwise known as apple-shaped. Not a bad thing to measure given that there is greater risk with abdominal obesity.

Want to know what I use in my office?

A tape measure.

Measure at roughly the umbilicus. More than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men is said to confer greater risk.