[Skinfold measurement and body fat: precise assessment of excess weight in an epidemiologic survey?].

Titre[Skinfold measurement and body fat: precise assessment of excess weight in an epidemiologic survey?].
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsBurnand, B, Hausser, D, Rickenbach, M, Schutz, Y, Gutzwiller, F
JournalSoz Praventivmed
Volume31
Issue4-5
Pagination229-31
Date Published1986
ISSN0303-8408
Mots-clésAdipose Tissue, Adult, Body Composition, Epidemiologic Methods, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Skinfold Thickness, Switzerland
Abstract

By definition, obesity corresponds to the presence of a mass of fatty tissue that is excessive with respect to the body mass. Body fat can be calculated in terms of age and sex by measuring the skinfold thickness in several different places. During the MONICA project, the survey of cardiovascular risk factor prevalence enabled us to measure the thickness of four skinfolds (biceps, triceps, subscapular, suprailiac) in 263 inhabitants of Lausanne (125 men, 138 women). In men aged 25-34, 21 +/- 5% of the body mass was composed of fat, in women 29 +/- 4%. The proportion of fat increases to 31 +/- 7% in men and 41 +/- 6% in women aged 55-64. A robust regression allows body fat to be simply expressed in terms of the body mass index. This allows us to confirm the validity of this index for evaluating the degree of obesity during an epidemiological study.

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Alternate JournalSoz Praventivmed
Citation Key / SERVAL ID3673
PubMed ID3765871

                         

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