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Title: Body mass index and body fat in Lebanese female adolescents
Authors: Fazah, Abdallah
Jacob, Christophe 
Hage, Rawad El 
Delamarche, Paul
Moussa, Elie 
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: Lebanese medical journal x
Volume: 58
Issue: 2
Start page: 97
End page: 100
The aim of this study is to investigate the relation between body mass index (BMI) and body fat (BF) among Lebanese female adolescents. 51 Lebanese females aged 12 to 18 years participated in this study. BMI was calculated as weight/height. Adiposity was measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Correlation coefficient of percent body fat (%BF) with BMI is 0.82. Correlation coefficient of fat mass (BF) with BMI is 0.93. The two linear regression formulas are: %BF = 6.89 + (1.1 *BMI) and BF = - 0.425 + (129 *BMI). Correlations of BMI with DEXA measurements were higher with BF than %BF. For a given BMI, Lebanese girls have a higher than expected %BF. Based on the current findings, there may be a need to develop new cutoff points. From a public health perspective, this may considerably increase the prevalence of obesity among Lebanese female adolescents.
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Physical Education

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