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What is the most effective way of measuring body fat?

  1. Jul 10, 2007 #1
    Archimedes' principle, electrical impedance, calipers, etc. - which is both practical and accurate in ascertaining one's percentage of body fat? Have scientists yet tried mechanical resonance as an indicator of flab?
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2007 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Density measurements are most accurate but hardest to do - they usually involve you sitting in an airtight box to measure your body volume and then weighing you.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2007 #3

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    My wife is an exercise physiologist. According to her the accepted method is still water dunk tests. Although, she also mentioned that she has not seen any studies correlating new techniques such as electrical impedance.

    I wonder if all forms of fat have the same resonant frequency...Sounds like fun...for the person doing the measuring. Not the person getting the shaking.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2007 #4

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    Vernier calipers?
     
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