Validity of methods for estimating percent body fat in black males

Jeffrey R. Stout, Joan M. Eckerson, Terry J. Housh, Glen O. Johnson

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This investigation examined the validity of skinfold (Sum7 and Sum3), near-infrared interactance (F5000 and FI 000), and bioelectrical impedance (BIA) equations for estimating percent body fat (% fat) in 20 black male (age = 21.0 ± 3.0 yrs) volunteers by comparing the estimates to values obtained from underwater weighing (% fat = 13.9 ± 7.0). The statistical analyses included examination of the constant error, standard error of estimate, r, and total error (TE). The results indicated that the Sum3 (TE = 2.1% fat) and Sum7 (TE = 2.4% fat) skinfold equations most accurately estimated % fat, and therefore are recommended over the F5000 (TE = 3.9% fat), FI000 (TE = 4.6% fat), and BIA (TE = 9.4% fat) equations for estimating % fat in black men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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