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"The improvement in body composition is more important than weight loss alone."
On the occasion of World Obesity Day (11 October), a current representative survey contracted by seca, the leading manufacturer of medical measuring systems and scales, shows that nearly three-quarters (70%) of respondents (with BMI 30 and higher) have attempted to lose weight, but only 19% have been able to reach their goal and maintain their weight. Reasons for failure included lack of persistence (55%), frustration when success does not come as quickly as desired (39%) and not believing in one's ability to succeed (26%).
Americans do not use knowledge about imminent obesity and obesity continues to increase
Nearly one in two German adults says he has never been weighed at the doctor’s office (47%), but Americans are very well aware of their weight development. In the USA, almost three-quarter (72%) of the patients are weighed at least once a year at the doctor’s office. However, knowledge of negative weight changes and imminent obesity often remains unused, according to a recent survey. It reports the continued presence of barriers to prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of overweight and obesity in the United States.
Quality management satisfies global requirements and secures seca competitive advantages
The German and French quality management systems of seca, the leading manufacturer of medical measuring systems and scales, have been certified according to the revised standards ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 in an audit conducted by TÜV-Süd. In addition, the quality management system at seca headquarters in Hamburg received the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) certificate. It shows that seca officially satisfies not only the legal requirements in Europe, but also in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Brazil.
seca calls for integrated obesity strategy in OECD countries
Under the motto "What brings us together – moving from diagnosis to action", representatives of the 35 OECD member countries discussed pressing healthcare and economic issues at the OECD Forum in Paris on 29 and 30 May. At the event seca advocated greater clarification and integrated approaches to obesity prevention and care. Forum participants experienced live demonstrations of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) and learned that body composition analysis is a better measure than BMI for optimizing obesity diagnostics and treatment and a critical element in an integrated obesity strategy.
seca launches the fully EMR-ready WLAN baby scale seca 336 i/333 i with digital measuring rod
Where infants are concerned, highly precise measurements of weight and length are indispensable. Furthermore, data capture and documentation have to be done quickly so that caregivers can focus on the tiniest patients' safety. These demands for precision, efficiency and patient safety are met by the new wifi enabled baby scale seca 336 i/333 i.
International platform for Medical Body Composition Analysis (mBCA) gains another expert with global reputation in nutrition medicine
Prof. Dr. Matthias Pirlich is joining the Advisory Board of the mBCA science center whose other members are Prof. Dr. Dr. Anja Bosy-Westphal (Director of the Institute for Applied Nutritional Science and Dietetics at the University of Hohenheim) and Dr. Stephen Wootton (Associate Professor at the University of Southampton). Given his practical experience as chief physician in the internal medicine department at the Evangelical Elisabeth Klinik in Berlin and as General Secretary of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), Professor Pirlich is recognized as a leading expert with a worldwide reputation in nutrition medicine.
seca creates platform for scientific knowledge exchange on body composition
In reaction to the newest research findings and the growing number of nutrition and weight-related illnesses and complications, the medical community is becoming more aware of the significance of medical Body Composition Analysis (mBCA). Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. Anja Bosy-Westphal and Dr. Stephen Wootton, seca is launching the mBCA science center and creating a unique platform for international information exchange at www.medicalbodycomposition.com.