Is the EatSmart Body Fat Scale a Scam?

The EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale that I ordered from Amazon looks less trustworthy than reviews would have you think.

At the time of writing, this is what the distribution of reviews on the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale looks like:

EatSmart Body Fat Scale Review
Distribution of Reviews for EatSmart Body Fat Scale

This many happy customers has got to mean something. As it were, many of the positive reviews on the product praise the scale’s clean design, and give lip service to the high level of customer service received. Some reviewers state that the first unit received was defective, but that the VP of EatSmart followed up with them and sent a new scale free of charge. The general consensus reads something like..

Hey, it might not work the first time. It might not work after a few months. But! They were very good at following up with me.

Then I noticed a review of interest, written by a R. Repine, that suggests EatSmart is cheating consumers. At the time of writing, Repine’s review has been rated as “The most helpful critical review.” That review is excerpted below:

this product only gives you a random average fat % value based on your age, height, sex, and weight from an algorithm programmed into a microprocessor in the unit that has memorized these values and just recites them when you step on the scale and certain weight, height, age, sex values are met. THERE IS NO SENSOR IN THE SCALE THAT MEASURES BODY FAT. IT IS JUST AN EXPENSIVE SCALE!

This claim, if true, could mean that EatSmart is realizing extraordinary profits on their fancy-looking scale, with no real value delivered back to the consumer. Consumers should be paying for real, useful features.

This got me wondering how one would go about testing the validity of the claim. Certainly a first step could be to dismantle the scale and to get a look at its internals, but where to go from there?

The Investigation Commences