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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/27/13 12:01 A

Remember skin calipers is about the thickness of the fold, not how far it hangs down. :)

Deb, in New Zealand
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3/26/13 11:30 P

I was concerned because I have big folds on loose skin... that makes sense

thanks for your help!!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/26/13 2:05 P

It shouldn't at all.

If you have loose skin it just makes it easier to find a bit to pinch. If you don't have loose skin, they'll pull it till it pinches then measure that.

Skin isn't fat. I mean, skin is not thick, not wide, not something that'll measure on skin calipers. Skin is thin, even if it's loose skin.

So when they pinch, they're pinching your skin (and fat if you have any) and measuring how thick that is. Loose skin just makes it easier to find something to pinch. Doesn't come up 'thicker' than skin they've pulled together for a pinch.

Deb, in New Zealand
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,345
3/26/13 12:58 P

If the person performing the test knows what they are doing, they should be able to tell the difference between loose skin and excess fat and account for that when taking the measurements.

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JENSTRESS Posts: 3,692
3/26/13 11:12 A

Not really. It shouldn't affect the measurement that much.

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3/26/13 10:59 A

I know the most accurate way to have body fat measured is by using skin callipers. My question is... does loose skin factor into this reading at all?

Thanks Spark Friends!

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