MEASUREMENT OF THE BODY COMPOSITION OF CANADIAN FORCES FEMALE 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 the study was to evaluate the procedures described in the Health and Welfare Canada Standard Test of Fitness (STF) for determining body density and percent body fat from four skinfold measures. Underwater weighing (UWW) and anthropometric measures were measured on 66 female CF volunteers, age 19 to 56. Body density values determined by UWW were compared to values predicted from the sum of four skinfolds. The correlations between density determined by these two methods differed among age groups; the highest was 0.87 (for the total sample) and the lowest was 0.78 (for the 40-56 year old group). Other combinations of variables were tested to see if density could be predicted more accurately than by the STF procedure, but it was concluded that the STF method of estimating body density and percent body fat is adequate, at least for the population tested.
Report Number
84-C-17 — Technical Communication
Date of publication
15 Apr 1984
Number of Pages
13
DSTKIM No
84-02594
CANDIS No
121965
Format(s):
Microfiche filmed at DSIS;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Hardcopy

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