MEASUREMENT OF THE BODY COMPOSITION OF CANADIAN FORCES MALE PERSONNEL

Authors
  1. Bell, D.G.
  2. Cox, K.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the procedures described in the Health and Welfare Canada Standard Test of Fitness (STF) for determining body density and hence percent body fat from four skinfold measures. Underwater weighing (UWW) and anthropometric measures (7 skinfold thicknesses, 4 circumferences and 2 bone diameters) were performed on 110 male CF volunteers. Body density values determined by UWW were compared to values predicted from the sum of four skinfolds, using equations developed by Durnin and Womersley as outlined in the STF. In addition, multiple linear regression equations were generated from the anthropometric data to see if other combinations of variables could predict density values more accurately than STF procedures. The results suggest that the estimation of body fat using the STF procedures may lead to overprediction for all individuals, and large errors in prediction for older individuals in the CF male population.
Report Number
84-C-05 — Technical Communication Report
Date of publication
15 Jan 1984
Number of Pages
14
DSTKIM No
84-02116
CANDIS No
121506
Format(s):
Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Hardcopy

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