Contribution of breast volume and weight to body fat distribution in females

V. L. Katch, B. Campaigne, P. Freedson, S. Sady, F. I. Katch, A. R. Behnke

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Abstract

Breast volume and body composition were measured in 45 adult females to determine the contribution of breast weight and breast volume to total body fat. Plaster casts were filled with sand of known density to obtain breast volume. Breast weight was computed at breast volume times its density. The correlation between total breast and percent body fat was r=.40. Breast weight (x= 484 grams) accounted for 3.5 percent of the total weight of body fat, and at most, 12 percent of the estimated quantities of sex-specific fact. A theoretical model is proposed for this distribution of body fat in the female which subdivides total body fat into three components: reserve storage fat, essential fat, and expendable storage fat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Body Fat Distribution
body fat distribution
breasts
Breast
Weights and Measures
body fat
Adipose Tissue
Fats
lipids
casts (medical)
Surgical Casts
Body Composition
body composition
Theoretical Models
sand
gender

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology

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Katch, V. L., Campaigne, B., Freedson, P., Sady, S., Katch, F. I., & Behnke, A. R. (1980). Contribution of breast volume and weight to body fat distribution in females. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 53(1), 93-100. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.1330530113

Contribution of breast volume and weight to body fat distribution in females. / Katch, V. L.; Campaigne, B.; Freedson, P.; Sady, S.; Katch, F. I.; Behnke, A. R.

In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 53, No. 1, 1980, p. 93-100.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Katch, VL, Campaigne, B, Freedson, P, Sady, S, Katch, FI & Behnke, AR 1980, 'Contribution of breast volume and weight to body fat distribution in females', American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 93-100. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.1330530113
Katch, V. L. ; Campaigne, B. ; Freedson, P. ; Sady, S. ; Katch, F. I. ; Behnke, A. R. / Contribution of breast volume and weight to body fat distribution in females. In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1980 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 93-100.
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