A Laboratory Report on Body Composition

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This is a laboratory report on measuring body composition. The aim of the laboratory report was to compare two different field methods skinfolds and bioimpedance analysis to measure body composition and evaluate the most reliable doubly indirect method to measure body composition. A number of studies such as Kitano,T have shown a strong correlation between skinfold and bioelectrical impedance analysis and tend to have an average body fat difference of less than 0.6. Body composition is a combination of numerous components these are: Fat mass, fat free mass, Adipose tissue mass, Lean body mass and relative body fat. Fat mass is defined as all the extractable lipids from adipose and other tissue. Fat free mass is all the left over chemicals and tissues, including water, muscle, bone, connective tissue and internal organs. Adipose tissue mass are connective tissue that work as the major storage site for fat. Lean body mass is everything in the body apart from body fat. Lean body mass includes organs, blood, bones, muscles and skin. Relative body fat is the ratio between fat mass and total body mass. Body composition is measured in many ways. Anthropometry refers to human body composition measurement. The most accurate and direct form of measuring body composition is cadaver dissection which involves dissecting a dead human body and determining the fat percentage. In vivo or indirect, doubly indirect methods do not measure body composition directly, however predict it from
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