Award Date

5-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

Lawrence Golding, Chair

Second Committee Member

John Mercer

Third Committee Member

John Young

Graduate Faculty Representative

Laura Kruskall

Number of Pages

44

Abstract

Introduction . Body-composition methods include underwater weighing (UWW), skinfold thickness (SKF), bioelectrical impedance (BIA), and the BOD POD. Although these techniques are used routinely, each has its inherent limitations, especially in children. Purpose . The purpose of this study was to examine the various methods of body composition in children. Methods . The body composition of 7 boys between the ages of 12-14 (13.1 +/- 1.1 years) was determined using the BOD POD, UWW, SKF, and BIA. Results . Percent body fat estimated from the BOD POD (21.9 +/- 7.8%BF) was not significantly different than the estimated percent fat from UWW (21.8 +/- 7.3%BF). Conclusion . The strong relationship between the BOD POD and UWW in this study suggests that the BOD POD is a valid method of measuring body composition in children.

Keywords

Body composition; Body weight; Human body—Composition; Human physiology

Disciplines

Exercise Physiology | Kinesiology | Physiology

Language

English

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