Effective anthropometry in the evaluation of weight loss

John K. Collins*, James J. Jupp, M. P. McCabe

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    Evaluation of some of the physical variables recorded during an intake of patients into the Macquarie University Weight Control Program is reported. Measures from 43 females aged between 19 and 66 years were taken prior to therapy and 15 weeks later. All subjects lost weight, the range being from 1 to 19 kg, and significant reductions on 14 anthropometric recordings were found. Factor analysis on the reductions suggested that five factors accounted for the variance. These were called general weight loss, torso, limbs, skinfold, and thigh factors. Suggestions are made to reduce the amount of anthropometry in future sessons in the interests of economy of time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-82
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1987


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