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un·der·wat·er weigh·ing (ŭn'dĕr-waw'tĕr wā'ing)
Assessment of body volume by measuring a person's weight in air and again under water; loss of scale weight (corrected for water density) equals body volume. Body density (body mass:volume ratio) is then used to compute percent body fat.
, hydrostatic weighing
underwater weighing an accurate method for the measurement of body density from which the percentages of body fat and lean body mass can be determined using standard equations. Weight in air is compared with weight in water during brief immersion, holding the breath after full expiration (at residual lung volume which is separately measured). Density is calculated from the volume of water displaced according to the Archimedes principle, which states that an object submerged in water is buoyed up by the weight of water displaced. syn hydrostatic weighing. See also body composition.
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The BOD POD is based on the same whole-body measurement principle as hydrostatic or underwater weighing
- the previous "gold standard" of body composition testing, which requires complete submersion in a water tank.
5% of underwater weighing
, which is a widely-recognized benchmark for body composition.