"Simpler ways like skin-fold thickness (used embarrassingly during my junior high PE class) are notoriously inaccurate. The best way to quantify body fat are underwater weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorption (DXA). Computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can best assess body fat distribution.
But short of these expensive technologies or inaccurate methods, we only have the more familiar Body Mass Index (BMI), which has been used since the 19th century to measure body fat using weight and height. (Calculate yours.)
But BMI doesn’t reflect ‘true adiposity’ – or the state of being obese (adipose tissue is fatty tissue). Nor can BMI be generalized across genders or ethnic groups.
So Richard Bergman of the University of Southern California and colleagues sought an alternative index, one that measures percent adiposity directly for adult men and women of different ethnicities, without requiring special equations to ‘normalize’ everybody and correct for differences." www.smartplanet.com/technology/blog/rethin
For those of us without a handy-dandy DXA-scanner...! :-)
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