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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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology


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