Subscapular skinfold thickness is a handy tool till body mass index in the evaluation of obesity
Ferah Armutcu 1 * , Şükrü Aras 2, Seyfettin Üstünsoy 3
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1 Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Istanbul, Turkey.
2 Ahenk Diagnostics Laboratory, Istanbul, Turkey.
3 Istanbul, Turkey.
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The most commonly used anthropometric measurement to diagnose obesity is the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, the use of BMI has limitations, because it does not distinguish between fat mass and muscle or identity the distribution of body fat. The aim of this brief report was to compare clinical assessment of obesity with measurements obtained using BMI and subscapular skinfold thickness (SST). According to our study results and present report, we observed that female adults with excess body weight had higher SST which is a handy indicator for obesity evaluation.


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Article Type: Letter to Editor

EUR J GEN MED, 2016 - Volume 13 Issue 4, pp. 106-108

Publication date: 03 Dec 2016

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