Epidemiological Perspective on Body Composition Methodology

  • W. Cameron Chumlea
  • Shumei S. Guo
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The numerous methods of measuring body composition may be classified as direct and indirect. Direct methods are applied in clinical research studies that address specific components of body tissues or chemical or molecular elements. Most direct methods, however, are cumbersome because of equipment complexity, invasiveness, and cost, limiting their application in field and epidemiological studies. Indirect methods lack the accuracy of more direct laboratory methods, but ease of use in large populations makes them suitable for epidemiological studies.


Root Mean Square Error Body Composition Total Body Water Bioelectric Impedance Analysis Epidemiological Perspective 
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