West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) December 11, 2006
Invention Support launches the "Waist Measuring Device" a new innovative device that fits perfectly in a physician's office. Invented by Mr. Stephan Meekhof the "Waist Measuring Device" was created because of the increasing desire that doctor's have for obtaining an accurate waist measurement on patients with obese-related health issues.
The invention involves the use of a three foot long, vertical, wall mounted track that also has a retractable, soft tape measure attached to it. The tape case can move up and down along the track so as to adjust to the waist height of different patients.
A laser pointer aids in obtaining the exact height of the desired location to be measured.
There is a plastic positioning arm that is attached to the device that helps to center the patient in front of the device and acts as a receptacle for one end of the tape. The arm helps to insure proper waist measurement and to avoid embarrassing and cumbersome procedures such as tape measures that are to short, female Medical Assistants having to hug or be extremely close to patients that often come through the use of a simple tape measure.
Today experts rate the tape measure as a top tracking method for assessing your health risks as well as providing tangible proof of a changing shape. Your waist circumference can reveal if you're at risk for future health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.
Possibly surprising is the fact that physicians often do not use this method of the simple tape measure. A proper instrument devised for its convenient use may increase the convenience of the method and thereby incorporate the many benefits available with this tool.
In the year 2000 the United States had the dubious distinction of having the world's highest proportion of overweight adults. Recent statistics indicate that the unfortunate mantle of the world's fattest nation may have passed to Australia. Also, as reported in the International Obesity Task Force Newsletter, the prevalence of obesity is rising to epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries around the world, and the central European region is characterized by the highest prevalence of obesity in Europe. At the end of the eighties the prevalence of obesity in the Czech Republic reached 16.3% in men and 20.2% in women.
The recent increase in obesity has also created a rising need for medical students to incorporate the use of a measuring tape into their training for diagnosis of obese patients. This fact is illustrated in a recent training session that was documented and then presented as a speech in 2003 by The American Society for Nutritional Sciences. The speech was entitled "Trends and Challenges relating to the rising incidence of obesity" and was part of a Symposium entitled "Innovative Teaching Strategies for Training Physicians in Clinical Nutrition" The topic in this speech involved "Pocket Tape Measure for Waist Circumference" and "Training Medical Students and Residents on a Simple Assessment of Body Composition". Experts explained that Metabolic syndrome, the clustering of hyperglycemia, hypertension and dyslipidemia, increases the risk of coronary heart disease and abdominal obesity is an important cue for the clinician to consider metabolic syndrome. Measurement of waist circumference is a simple means of identifying abdominal obesity.
The development and distribution of pocket tape measures to medical students has been identified as an important requirement in the expanding field. The problem of cumbersome and embarrassing measurements however seems to create another problem that increases the need for a better tool.
The recent developments in terms of a rising incidence of obesity and an increasing demand within professional circles to increase the use of a measuring tape in physician diagnosis both reflect an increasing need in the market for a device such as the "Waist Measuring Device." A device such as the "Waist Measuring Device" could be used to measure hips, buttocks, and waist. Further evidence, in terms of the "Alternate Utilizations" for a device like the "Waist Measuring Device" will also reflect a growing potential in the market for a device such as this.
Although the idea for the "Waist Measuring Device" was envisioned strictly in terms of medical applications, there is another application for this invention that may increase the market potential to an even larger range. This application is in terms of the clothing industry and specific measurements that must be made for specially fitted clothing.
For more information please contact Invention Support please call 1.888.864.1780 or visit http://www.inventionsupport.com
About Invention Support
With headquarters in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Invention Support assists inventors in choosing the right path for advancing inventions or product idea. Taking a hands-on approach in turning client's ideas into a reality through experience, service and motivation Invention Support creates for clients a world class environment of professionalism that is matched nowhere else in the industry.
About Mr. Stephan Meekhof
Mr. Stephan Meekhof is a pharmaceutical sales representative who has witnessed the increasing need amongst doctors for obtaining an accurate waist measurement on patients with Metabolic Syndrome. He believes that this increased need for proper diagnosis in this area as well as other growing health areas predetermines a greater need for a device like the "Waist Measuring Device" in doctor's offices.
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