Fat Control, Inc.
|History of Fat
by Jack Osman, PhD
As an exercise physiology undergrad student
and competitive gymnast, I was fascinated with body composition. I could never float, but
was (erroneously) told that
In graduate school I studied health and nutrition. Analyzing the
typical height-weight charts, I began to realize that something was seriously
wrong. I had a mesomorphic (muscular) body type, but maintained a relatively slender
appearance. Even when I used the large-frame option, I still exceeded the upper weight
limits for my height. I was
After finishing grad school and publishing my first weight control book, I wanted the public to have access to alternative ways to assess body composition besides the scale and circumference measurements. Nothing was available for under $175 (then) that could reliably, simply, non-invasively measure body fat.
When I started to train for marathons, I began having creative moments on those long training runs (during runner highs). In a series of visions during the mid 70s, the caliper design, concept and company name became apparent. The design was legally protected in 1977. Fat Control, Inc. was incorporated in 1978 and the Fat Control company trademark registered in 1981.
Tool and die experts, engravers, plastic manufacturing companies, and exercise physiology experts were consulted. It was decided that a resilient resin (that was relatively unbreakable) was needed for the product. Engraving of the measurement indicators would be built into the mold for more consistency and reliability of the finished product. Much tweaking of the mold was necessary before public release of the product.
The product received exceptional reviews. It was calibrated to be
consistently within +/- one millimeter of accuracy of the very expensive spring-loaded,
metal calipers. We were very pleased. An
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