Use of Skin-Fold Thickness in Sri Lankan Children: Comparison of Several Prediction Equations

Wickramasinghe, Vithanage P., Lamabadusuriay, Sanath P., Cleghorn, Geoffrey J., & Davies, Peter S. (2008) Use of Skin-Fold Thickness in Sri Lankan Children: Comparison of Several Prediction Equations. Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 75(12), pp. 1237-1242.

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There are many prediction equations available in the literature for the assessment of body composition from skinfold thickness (SFT). This study aims to cross validate some of those prediction equations to determine the suitability of their use on Sri Lankan children. Methods

Height, weight and SFT of 5 different sites were measured. Total body water was assessed using the isotope dilution method (D2O). Percentage Fat mass (%FM) was estimated from SFT using prediction equations described by five authors in the literature. Results

Five to 15 year old healthy, 282 Sri Lankan children were studied. The equation of Brook gave Ihe lowest bias but limits of agreement were high. Equations described by Deurenberg et al gave slightly higher bias but limits of agreement were narrowest and bias was not influence by extremes of body fat. Although prediction equations did not estimate %FM adequately, the association between %FM and SFT measures, were quite satisfactory. Conclusion

We conclude that SFT can be used effectively in the assessment of body composition in children. However, for the assessment of body composition using SFT, either prediction equations should be derived to suit the local populations or existing equations should be cross-validated to determine the suitability before its application.

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ID Code: 87197
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Skin-fold thickness, Sri Lankan Children, Body composition, Fat Mass, Percentage fat mass
DOI: 10.1007/s12098-008-0227-y
ISSN: 0019-5456
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Springer
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2015 01:57
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 00:50

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