2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Comparison of Body Logic Fat Analyzers to Skinfold Measurements in the Assessment of Body Composition in College Students
Jamie M. Pohlman
Ms. Elizabeth Jorn and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to compare the %fat values from old and new models of the Body Logic Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA) instruments with %fat from skinfold measurements. Females (n = 42, Age = 19.9±1.0 y, Wt = 62.9±10.9 kg) and males (n=18, Age = 19.8±1.4 y, Wt = 79.5±13.6 kg) from a small, midwestern university were measured using the Jackson-Pollock 3-site skinfold equation and three BIA formulas. In females, SKF was significantly greater than any of the other methods. In males, SKF was not significantly different from the New Athlete formula for BIA, but all three (SKF, Old BIA, and New Athlete BIA) were lower than the New Non-athlete formula for BIA. The differences among the different devices make the interchangeable use of them questionable. Future studies using a criterion method would allow us to judge which of these four methods is the most accurate method.

Keywords: body logic, BIA, percent fat, skin fold, calipers

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 29-26
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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