This year my company offered a 'free health screening' to employees, of which I took part. Tests included some basic blood work, blood pressure checks, height/weight measurement, and body composition testing. None of this was particularly new to me, other than the body fat test, which I never had analyzed before.
To give just a summary of the relevant results I received (in compressed form):
Subject Age: 52
Weight: 218 lbs
Body Fat Percentage: 36.8%
Lean Weight: 137.8 lbs
Fat Weight: 80.2 lbs
The results also gave me norms and ideals based on age, weight, and body fat percentage:
Ideal Total Fat Weight: 24-33 lbs
Overfat Weight: 47-56 lbs
Personally, I thought I was only about 25 pounds overweight going into this test, but perhaps I was mistaken? I now wonder if the test was really accurate? Measures were taken with calipers which they claim to be accurate in the documentation I have. The couple of people I shared my personal results with however, were also surprised by the body fat computation which seems a bit overblown.
You can see me here at my work station: http://www.electro-comm.com/New/images/tour/People/Kevinatdesk.jpg Admittedly I have a bit of a belly (seated work contributing) but I'm not mammoth. So can i trust these tests, citing me 50 or maybe even 55 pounds too fat? Seems too much to believe, honestly. Are there alternative ways I can easily confirm or refute this reading?