Title: Body composition in girls and young women with anorexia nervosa: Comparison of different equations
Authors: Probst, Michel ×
Goris, Marina
Vandereycken, Walter
Pieters, Guido #
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Series Title: International Journal of Eating Disorders vol:41 issue:2 pages:180-183
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The weight percentage of body fat in anorexic adolescents on the basis of four distinct formulas (Siri; Lohman; Westrate and Deurenberg; Heyward and Stolarczyk) is compared. METHOD: The body composition of 238 anorexia nervosa (AN) patients, divided into four age categories (13-15, 15-17, 17-19, and 19-22 years), was measured by means of densitometry (underwater weighing). RESULTS: Depending on the formula, the results calculated by the formulas differ significantly in each age category. The Siri formula generally results in the highest mean fat percentage (12.76%-13.39%) whereas the Heyward and Stolarczyck formula shows the lowest figures (8.77%-9.31%). Applying the Lohman and the Heyward and Stolarczyck formulas to the 19-22 years category, results in negative fat percentages. CONCLUSION: A clinically useful formula is important for the estimation of body composition in specific age categories. We recommend with some restrictions, to apply the Siri formula in AN patients.
ISSN: 0276-3478
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
Exercise Physiology Research Group
Onderzoeksgroep psychodiagnostiek en psychopathologie (-)
Research Group Psychiatry
× corresponding author
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