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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1998 Sep;1(1):107-114. Korean.
Published online Sep 30, 1998.  https://doi.org/10.5223/kjpgn.1998.1.1.107
Copyright © 1998 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Clinical Significance of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for The Diagnosis of Obesity on Elementary Students
Ki Cheol Choi, Young Jun Ahn, Eun Seok Yang, Sang Kee Park, Jong Park and Kyung Rye Moon
Department of Pediatrics and 1Preventive Medicine, Chosun University, College of Medicine, Kwangju, Korea.
Abstract

PURPOSE

The purpose of our study is to provide useful information for me-asurement methods of childhood obesity and to provide clinical significance of bioelectrical impedance analysis.

METHODS

We measured height, weight, waist to hip ratio, skinfold thickness and bioelectrical impedance from 206 elementary students in Kwangju from May to July 1997.

RESULTS

In males; 1) There were statistically high correlations between tri-ceps skinfold thickness and body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat (%BF), weight, Rohler index (RI), total fat weight (TFW), waist to hip (W/H) ratio, height, lean body mass (LBM) (all, p<0.001). 2) There were statistically high correlations between subscapular skinfold thickness and BMI, RI, weig-ht, %BF, TBW (all, p<0.001). 3) There were statistically high correlations between %BF and BMI, triceps skinfold thickness, RI, TFW, subscapular skinfold thickness, weight (all, p<0.001). In females; 4) There were statistically high correlations between triceps skinfold thickness and BMI, weight, LBM, height, %BF (all, p<0.001). 5) There were statistically significant correlations between subscapular skinfold thickness and BMI, weight, LBM, RI, height. 6) There were statistically high correlations between percentage of body fat and BMI, RI, triceps skinfold thickness. The percentage of body fat according to the bioelectrical impedance analysis highly correlated with that calculated by skinfold thickness in males (r=0.57, p<0.01) and in females (r=0.30, p<0.01).

CONCLUSION

The results of our study suggests that bioelectrical impedance analysis is a useful method of estimating body fat in the childhood obesity.

Keywords: Childhood obesity; Bioelectrical impedance analysis