Fat Platter, Pulsation Platter, Waist Taste


Fat Platter, Pulsation Platter, Waist Taste is a project by Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin to measure heart rate, blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI) and bioimpedance values in the general population. Each measurement should take no longer than 5 minutes each.

Heart rate is the number of times the heart beats per unit of time, typically beats per minute (bpm).  The heart rate can vary according to the body's physical needs, including the need to absorb oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide.

Waist circumference is the simplest way to assess whether you may be carrying excess weight around your middle is to measure your waist circumference. Stop the Spread is an awareness campaign by safefood (http://www.safefood.eu/) to alert people that being overweight is now the ‘norm’. A waist greater than 32” in adult women and 37” in men is an indicator that excess fat is being stored around organs like kidneys, liver and heart.

Bioimpedance is the response of a living organism to an externally applied electric current. It is a measure of the opposition to the flow of that electric current through the tissues. Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is a commonly used non-invasive method for estimating body composition, and in particular body fat. The TANITA Body Composition Analyzer is indicated for use in the measurement of weight and impedance , and the estimation of body mass index (BMI), total body fat percent, visceral fat rating with healthy range, basal metabolic rate (BMR), using BIA.


Heart rate and blood pressure will be measured using a blood pressure wrist monitor with automatic function on it.

Waist circumference will be measured with measuring tapes designed by safefood.

Height will be measured with a height measure.

BIA and weight will be measured when volunteers step on to the Tanita body composition analyser with bare feet. Weight is calculated by the Tanita. A weak electrical current is then passed through the body to calculate BIA..The electrical current is so small that most people cannot feel anything.


  • Volunteers will obtain a measuring of the following
  • Heart Rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Height
  • BMI
  • Waist circumference
  • BIA (body fat%, visceral fat rating, basal metabolic rate)


The Tanita passes a weak electrical current through the body which could interfere with and cause the malfunction of electrical medical implants,resulting in serious repercussions.  It must not be used on subjects with pacemakers or other mechanical implants

Exclusion from participation: You cannot participate in this study if any of the following are true:You are under 18, you have a electrical medical implant such as pacemaker.


Your identity will remain confidential. Your name will not be associated with any of your data or published.


This study is covered by standard institutional indemnity insurance. Nothing in this document restricts or curtails your rights.

Voluntary Participation: If you decide to volunteer to participate in this study, you may withdraw at any time. If you decide not to participate, or if you withdraw, you will not be penalised and will not give up any benefits that you had before entering the study.

Stopping the study

You understand that the investigators may withdraw your participation in the study at any time without your consent.


This study has approval from Trinity College Dublin Faculty of Health Science Research Ethics Committee.

Further information

You can get more information or answers to your questions about the study, your participation in the study, and your rights, from Maria Phelan (maria.phelan@sciencegallery.com) and Lynn Scarff (lynn.scarff@sciencegallery.com)

The FAT Platter

5-in-1 starter combo using bioelectrical impedance analysis. Your data contributes to real research on some of the ways our bodies use fat.

What’s in the platter?
Weight: Measure your mass in kilograms (kg).
Body Fat%: The amount of body fat as a proportion of your body weight.
Visceral Fat Rating: A rating between 1–59 of the fat that is in the internal abdominal cavity surrounding the vital organs.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): The minimum daily level of energy your body needs to function effectively, when at rest. Approximately 70% of calories consumed daily are used for BMR.
Body Mass Index (BMI): Index of weight-to-height (kg/metre2) to classify underweight, overweight and obesity.

  • Testing time: 5 minutes
  • Essential STARTER if you wish to order any of our MAINS or SPECIALS
  • Participant Information

The Pulsation Platter

2-in-1 dish: Your data from a wristband blood pressure monitor will contribute to several research projects, each looking at the different roles of fat in our bodies.

What’s in the platter?
Heart Rate (HR): How many times is your heart beating per minute? Heart rate varies to meet your body’s physical needs, including the need to absorb oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide.

  • Testing time: 3 minutes
  • Recommended STARTER if you wish to order any of our MAINS or SPECIALS
  • Available at the Bar
  • Participant Information

Waist Taste

Fat around your waist contributes more to heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, than the fat elsewhere in your body. Sample the simplest way to assess whether you may be carrying excess weight around your middle as we measure your waist circumference (WC).

  • Testing time: 2 minutes
  • Essential STARTER if you wish to order ‘Inflammatory Fat’ from the SPECIALS menu
  • Participant Information