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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.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last RevisedOctober 21, 2011

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