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Am J Clin Nutr. 1987 Oct;46(4):537-56.

Methods for the assessment of human body composition: traditional and new.

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  • 1USDA-ARS, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, ND 58202.


Renewed interest in the assessment of human body composition has stimulated the need for a balanced understanding of available methodologies of estimating fat-free mass and percent body fat. This review summarizes the physical bases and assumptions, describes applications, and discusses the theoretical and practical limitations of currently available indirect methods. Although standard methods are discussed, recent modifications and adaptations are emphasized.

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