“Check your cholesterol (level), sir!” cried a salesman about ten feet off to the place I stood. I was at a shopping mall in downtown Bandung last Monday (7/20). “And you can trim your waistline, sir!” said he enthusiastically
and rather impolitely as I responded to his cry.
“What did you say?? Can you check my cholesterol level? How can you??” asked I putting aside my interest in the latter suggestion since I am not that plump. 😛 “Yes sir, I can! All you have to do is to stand steadily on this state-of-the-art treadmill!” he replied. “Oh! As simple as that??” I still did not believe what I had heard. But the best way to know the whole picture was of course to let him show how it worked. I was told to stand steadily on the extending portion of the treadmill, he pressed some buttons on the panel before eventually a few figures came out on the display! They were the figures of my weight! It was nothing at all like the figures of my cholesterol level.
“That’s it??” As I wanted to rebut the result, the salesman’s index finger kept pressing the buttons made me opting to listen to his further explanation in case there was one. And indeed, there was one! He finally told me to key in my height in meter. It only took a tiny fraction of a minute to display what he called my cholesterol level. But I was suspicious how could
a simple bathroom scale a so-called sophisticated treadmill show the accurate level of my cholesterol? And on the display there was no indicator showing that the figures were my cholesterol level since the unit used on the display was in kilogram! The disapproval of the result was getting sounder as the salesman did not know the unit used in cholesterol level! What’s wrong?
Thank God, it didn’t take long for the astuteness to come into my head. The next second I began to know the whole picture as my mind glided to the BMI (Body Mass Index) formulae! Yes! I suspected that this state-of-the-art treadmill (plus its disguised bathroom-scale) was nothing but a preprogrammed contrivance!!
Before we press ahead let’s see what the formulae look like:
Or if you measure things in foot (ft), inch (in) and pound (lb):
With one foot stands for 12 inches. The normal body mass index falls between 18.5 and 25 on either formula with a little variation from country to country.
Yeah! Then I understood that the figures on the display were not the cholesterol level of mine, instead they were the figures of the excess of my weight over the normal weight! The excess of the weight was considered as the fat but not the cholesterol. Remember, cholesterol and fat are two different things and often laypersons fail to tell one from the other! My analysis was getting more solid as I calculated it through my phone’s calculator and the result obtained approximated to the figures on the contrivance’s display panel. For the rest of you perhaps this article could help telling that to know your precise cholesterol level it certainly requires more than just a novel sophisticated treadmill and
a desperate salesman!