Comparison of Body Composition as Determined by Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Using Lower-Body vs. Whole-Body Sampling

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dc.contributor.author Schrodt, Hannah
dc.contributor.author Abrams, Kate G.
dc.contributor.author Coram, Hannah L.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-24T13:13:17Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-24T13:13:17Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-24T13:13:17Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/950
dc.description Advisor: David S. Senchina en_US
dc.description.abstract Body fat percent measurement is an important indicator of health in the general public and important in athletics. The purpose of this study was to determine possible differences between a more expensive hand-to-foot (whole-body) bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) device (Bodystat1500?) and an inexpensive foot-to-foot (lower-body) BIA device (Tanita Innerscan BC534?). We hypothesized that there would be no difference in percent body fat or percent body water determination between the whole-body and lower-body method. Sixteen subjects of both genders volunteered to participate. Height and weight was taken on a physicians scale without shoes, then each subject had BIA performed on them with both devices. It was found that there were no statistically significant differences between percent body fat and percent body water between the two machines. There was also no difference between the physicians scale and the Tanita for weight. Differences in recommended daily caloric intake (DCI) were statistically significant between the BodyStat and the Tanita with the Tanita recommending greater calorie consumption. This experiment showed that there was no difference between whole-body and lower-body BIA assessment using these specific devices. The cheaper foot-to-foot scale provides accurate measurements and is more practical for most people and regular athletes to use. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2009;9
dc.subject Impedance, Bioelectric en_US
dc.subject Body composition en_US
dc.subject Water in the body en_US
dc.subject Body Mass Index en_US
dc.title Comparison of Body Composition as Determined by Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Using Lower-Body vs. Whole-Body Sampling en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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