# Bodyfat - children - skinfold

This procedure estimates bodyfat in children by measuring skinfold at 2 different places.

Instructions:
1. Measure skinfold in millimeters as indicated on the pictures and enter values.
2. For further instructions see our guide "How to measure body fat with a skinfold caliper"

Background

Estimating bodyfat in children by this method is more valid than using BMI or Ponderal index.

References

Anthropometric assessment of muscularity during growth: estimating fat-free mass with 2 skinfold-thickness measurements is superior to measuring midupper arm muscle area in healthy prepubertal children. Boye et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Sep;76(3):628-32.

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#9 BB 2017-12-18 13:39
Quoting davep33175:
with Slaughter formula there is a small clause you are missing. If the sum of skinfold (tricep and subscapular) is more than 35 mm the formula changes to
Fat (%) = 0.546 (tricep + subsc) + 9.7 otherwise is fine.
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You are right, if the sum>35 there is additional formula. However, the formula you gave is only for *female*. For male:
Fat (%) = 0.783*(tricep + subsc) + 1.7
#8 Marcela 2014-09-06 03:07
mm, Morten Z...I was just doing that... looking for the formula and found this site. I do not have net access, where I will be doing the measurements. Therefore I needed the formula.
#7 rekha m r 2012-04-25 11:56