Journal article

Comparing estimates of body fat in children using published bioelectrical impedance analysis equations

Joanne Williams, Melissa Wake, Michele Campbell

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OBESITY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The level of body fat mass (BFM) in childhood that is associated with weight related morbidity is unclear. Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) offers an inexpensive, acceptable and portable method for measuring body composition in children. However, different equations have been derived to estimate BFM, and relationships between equations have not been explored. OBJECTIVE: To compare body mass index (BMI) and BIA as tools for estimating adiposity-related health risks in children. METHODS: Height, weight and BIA were measured in a population based cross-sectional survey of 341 healthy 5-year-old Australian children. Percent BFM was estimated using four published BIA-based predi..

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