How is the degree of body fat measured in obese patients?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Answer

BMI calculation, waist circumference, and waist/hip ratio are the common measures of the degree of body fat used in routine clinical practice. Other procedures that are used in few clinical centers include the following:

  • Caliper-derived measurements of skin-fold thickness

  • Dual-energy radiographic absorptiometry (DEXA)

  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis

  • Ultrasonography to determine fat thickness

  • Underwater weighing

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