Exploring the relationship between body mass index and skinfold thickness in children and adolescents Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Cooper, Jeffrey Scott
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • This study explored the relationship between body mass index and sum of two skinfolds (S2SF) in children and adolescents. Variables examined include age group, race/ethnicity, and sex. A sample of 5249 children and adolescents, 6-17 years old, from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys were divided into four age-groups as follows: ages 6-8, ages 9-11, ages 12-14, and ages 15-17. A significant effect (p 2 = 0.723) ; S2SF and race/ethnicity (R2 = 0.724); S2SF and sex (R2 = 0.748); S2SF and age group (R2 = 0.795); S2SF, age group, and race/ethnicity (R2 = 0.796); S2SF, age group, and sex (R2 = 0.815). The relationship between BMI and S2SF was linear for all but two male groups, but varied by age group and race/ethnicity for females. Findings suggest that no single equation best fits all children and adolescents.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology)."
  • McMurray, Robert G.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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