Anthropometric skinfold thickness measurement (ASFM) has been studied and is relatively accurate in assessing LBM (Beberashvili et al.
Accuracy and utility of estimating lean body mass and nutritional status in patients with chronic kidney disease on long-term hemodialysis using anthropometric skinfold thickness measurements.
Comparison of Skinfold Thickness Measurement
and Bioelectrical Impedance Method for Assessment of Body Fat.
Estimation of body fat by skinfold thickness measurement
Percent body fat can be measured using laboratory methods, which include hydrostatic weighing, near infrared reactance, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound assessment, computer tomography and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or field methods such as skinfold thickness measurement
, body girth measurement and bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA).
Skinfold thickness measurements
are better predictors of body fat percentage than body mass index in male Spanish children and adolescents.
The assessment of the body fat percentage by skinfold thickness measurements
in childhood and young adolescence.
Body fat percentage at time of interview was measured using two methods: (1) foot-to-foot bioelectrical impedance (TANITA); and (2) four-site skinfold thickness measurements
In addition, a considerable amount of training is necessary before an observer can produce accurate skinfold thickness measurements
13,14,17] Skinfold thickness measurements
can be accurately transformed to estimate percentage of body fat in children, [22,23] and correlate well with measures from hydrostatic weight, body water content, and bone mineral level.
The sum of the four skinfold thickness measurements
was considered an indicator of total subcutaneous fat, and the sum of trunk skinfold thickness as an index of central obesity.
Strength and conditioning specialists, sports nutritionists, and coaches commonly rely on quick, inexpensive field techniques, such as skinfold thickness measurements
or bioelectrical impedance analysis to estimate BF% in athletic groups (2,7,8,10,13).