Total body volume in females: Validation of a theoretical model

P. Freedson, S. Sady, V. Katch, H. Reynolds, B. Campaigne

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The validity of a previously published model for calculating segmental and total body volume was investigated in 57 females (mean age = 24.9 years). The model calculated total body volume correlated r = .96 with actual total body volume. For segmental extremity volumes validity coefficients ranges from r = .52 (forearm) to r = .88 (calf), (SEE = ± 6.4 to 14.5% of the mean). Significant mean differences (p < .01) were present between actual and calculated extremity volumes (except for upper arm). A significant difference (p < .01) for the regression of calculated versus criterion total body volume was found between males and females suggesting sexual dimorphism in segment shapes and volumes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-505
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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    Freedson, P., Sady, S., Katch, V., Reynolds, H., & Campaigne, B. (1979). Total body volume in females: Validation of a theoretical model. Human Biology, 51(4), 499-505.