2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

Prediction Accuracy of Height and Weight in College Men and Women

Nicole R. Young* and Abby A. Orf
Ms. Elizabeth Jorn and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

Knowing one’s height and body weight (BW) is often required for health evaluations.  Previous investigations have noted that older adults tend to overestimate their height and underestimate their weight.  The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of height and BW estimates of college-aged men and women and to determine the validity of estimating BW using simple, previously published equations. College men (n = 62) and women (n = 102) enrolled in a wellness class provided estimates of height and BW prior to being measured for height, BW, and subcutaneous skinfolds to estimate body fat and ideal weight. Women nonsignificantly (p<0.001) overestimated height by 0.2 ± 2.1 cm and accurately estimated weight with a difference of 0.0 ± 2.0 kg (p = 0.98). Further investigations should be done to determine if any dimensional quantities can improve the accuracy of estimating body weight in young adults.         

Keywords: height, weight, body composition, wellness, body fat, ideal weight

Topic(s):Exercise Science
Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

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