Skinfold measurements

Skinfold measurement is a technique to estimate how much fat is on the body. It involves using a device called a caliper to lightly pinch the skin and underlying fat in several places.

This quick and simple method of estimating body fat requires a high level of skill to get accurate results. Skinfold measurement is best used when comparing results from one measurement to the next, rather than relying on the results of a single measurement. To compare results from one time to another, it is best to have the same person do the measurements each time.

Last Updated: December 12, 2009

Author: Christine Wendt, R.D., L.D.

Medical Review: Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD - Diet and Nutrition & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Diabetes Educator

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