EQUATIONS FOR DETERMING BODY FAT CONTENT BY SKINFOLD METHOD

  • Dong-Qing Xu
  • Wei Zhang
  • Fei Zhao
  • Chen Jia-Qi
Keywords: body density, hydrostatic weighting, body composition, skinfold

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine body fat content by skinfold (SKF) and hydrodensitometry methods. The subjects that were selected included 435 males and 410 females. Results showed that fat percentage (F%) calculated by SKF equations from other countries was significantly different from those measured by classical hydrostatic weighing techniques. This indicates that the SKF equations from other countries are not suitable for calculation of body fat content in the Chinese population. By establishing the body density (Db) of Hydrodensitometry as standard, the predicted regressive equations of body fat content in Chinese by skinfold method were developed