Journal article

Indirect estimates of body composition are useful for groups but unreliable in individuals.

LS Piers, MJ Soares, SL Frandsen, K O'Dea

Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord | Published : 2000

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the usefulness of the body mass index (BMI) in identifying individuals classified as overweight or obese based on estimates of body fat percentage (BF%) obtained by the deuterium dilution (BF%DD) method. In addition, to assess the accuracy of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and skinfold thickness (SFT) measurements in the estimation of body composition of Australians at the individual and group level. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: One hundred and seventeen healthy Australian volunteers of European descent, comprising of 51 males and 66 females, ranging in age from 19 to 77 y. MEASUREMENTS: BMI was calculated from body weight and height. Fat-free mass (F..

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