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Body Composition Chapter 6.  Body composition = the body’s relative amounts of fat mass and fat-free mass (bone, water, muscle, connective and organ.

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1 Body Composition Chapter 6

2  Body composition = the body’s relative amounts of fat mass and fat-free mass (bone, water, muscle, connective and organ tissues, teeth)  Essential fat = crucial for normal body functioning  3–5% of total body weight in males  8–12% of total body weight in females  Nonessential fat = adipose tissue What is Body Composition?

3 Typical Body Composition

4  The most important consideration in evaluating body weight and composition is the proportion of total body weight that is fat (percent body fat)  Overweight = total body weight above a recommended range for good health  Obesity = severely overweight and overfat; characterized by excessive accumulation of body fat Overweight and Obesity

5 Adult Obesity in California (2008)

6 Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 1990 No Data <10% 10%–14% Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC

7 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% ≥25% Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults 2009 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% ≥25%

8  Increased risk of chronic disease and premature death; associated health problems include:  Unhealthy blood fat levels  Impaired heart function  Heart disease and hypertension  Cancer  Impaired immune function  Gallbladder disease  Kidney disease  Skin problems  Sleeping problems Excess Body Fat and Wellness

9  Activity improves health for people who are normal weight, overweight, and obese. Obesity and Exercise

10  Obese people are more than three times as likely as non-obese people to develop diabetes  Excess body fat is a key risk factor for the most common type of diabetes Body Composition and Diabetes

11  Diabetes mellitus = disruption of normal glucose metabolism  Type 1 diabetes = the pancreas produces little or no insulin  Type 2 diabetes = the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, cells are resistant to insulin, or both  Gestational diabetes = develops in 2–5% of pregnant women  Pre-diabetes = elevated blood glucose levels Diabetes

12 Diabetes Diabetes < 100

13 Diabetes: Prevalence Source: National Center for Health Statistics

14 Diabetes: Symptoms

15  Regular physical activity including endurance exercise and weight training  Moderate diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, and poultry  Modest weight loss  For people with pre-diabetes, lifestyle changes are more effective than medication in preventing diabetes Diabetes: Prevention

16  Keep blood sugar levels within safe limits through diet, exercise, and, if needed, medication  Monitor blood sugar levels with a home test  Lose weight if overweight Diabetes: Treatment


18  Location of fat is important to health  People who gain weight in the abdominal area = “apples;” this group has an increased risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke  People who gain weight in the hip area= “pears” Body Fat Distribution and Chronic Disease

19  Excess body fat decreases the ability to perform physical activities  Unrealistic expectations about body composition can hurt self-image; exercise improves body image  Set a realistic goal and maintain a wellness lifestyle to develop a healthy body composition Body Composition and Wellness

20  Too little body fat is associated with reproductive, circulatory, and immune system disorders  Less than 8–12% for women  Less than 3–5% for men Problems Associated with Very Low Levels of Body Fat

21  A condition consisting of three interrelated disorders Female Athlete Triad

22  A rough assessment based on the concept that a person’s weight should be proportional to height  Body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of height in meters  Elevated BMI is linked to increased risk of disease, especially if associated with large waist circumference Body Mass Index

23 Calculating BMI  BMI is relatively easy and inexpensive to measure and calculate using the following formulas:  BMI = Weight (kg)/Height 2 (m) or  BMI = Weight (lb) x 703/Height (inches)/Height (inches)  Rather than calculating BMI, the table presented on the following slide can be used as a quick reference.  ACE also provides valuable fitness calculators and assessment support materials on its website. 


25 Body Mass Index

26 Body Mass Index and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

27  Underwater weighing: An individual is submerged and weighed under water. Percentages of fat and fat-free weight are calculated from body density.  The Bod Pod: The amount of air displaced by a person in a small chamber is measured by computerized sensors. Estimating Percent Body Fat

28  Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA): A small electrical current is sent through the body, and the resistance of the body to it is recorded. The resulting estimates of how much water is in the body can be used to determine body composition.  Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) measures the tissue absorption of high- and low- energy X-ray beams.  Total body electrical conductivity (TOBEC) estimates lean body mass by passing the body through a magnetic field. Estimating Percent Body Fat

29 Impedance Analysis Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis  Simpler to administer, but accuracy is questionable  Sensors are applied to the skin and a weak electrical current is run through the body to estimate body fat, lean body mass, and body water  Based on the principle that fatty tissue is a less-efficient conductor of an electrical current

30 DEXA  Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)  Frequently used by research and medical facilities  Considered by many as the standard technique for body composition assessment  Uses low-dose beams of X-ray energy  Measures fat mass, fat distribution pattern, and bone density  Procedure is simple; takes only 15 minutes to administer  Not readily available to most fitness participants _KuB-0&feature=related

31 Total body electrical conductivity (TOBEC) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Computed Tomography (CT)

32  If fat loss would benefit your health, set a realistic goal in terms of percent body fat or BMI  If you have underlying health issues, check with your physician before setting a goal  A little weight loss at a time can be very beneficial; focus on a healthy lifestyle including proper diet and exercise Setting Body Composition Goals

33 Making Changes in Body Composition  Lifestyle should focus on:  Regular physical activity, endurance exercise, and strength training

34  Disease risk increases with total waist measurement of more than  40 inches for men  35 inches for women  Disease risk increases with total waist-to-hip measurement above  0.94 for young men  0.82 for young women Assessing Body Fat Distribution

35  Skinfold measurements: Folds of skin are measured with a caliper. The measurements are used in equations that link the thickness of skinfolds to percent body fat calculations made from more precise experiments. Estimating Percent Body Fat

36 Jackson and Pollock Three-site Skinfold for Men  Chest  A diagonal skinfold taken midway between the anterior axillary line and the nipple  Thigh  A vertical skinfold taken on the anterior midline of the thigh between the inguinal crease and the proximal border of the patella  Abdomen  A vertical skinfold taken 2 cm (~1 inch) to the right of the umbilicus

37 Jackson and Pollock Three-site Skinfold for Women  Triceps  A vertical fold on the posterior midline of the upper arm taken halfway between the acromion and olecranon processes  Thigh  A vertical skinfold taken on the anterior midline of the thigh between the inguinal crease and the proximal border of the patella  Suprailium  A diagonal fold following the natural line of the iliac crest taken immediately superior to the crest of the ilium and in line with the anterior axillary line



40 Sample Desired Body Weight Calculation  Desired body weight = [Lean body weight / (100% – Desired % fat)] x 100  Starting information:  Female client’s current weight is 168 pounds, with 28% body fat  Initial goal: To achieve 24% body fat without losing lean tissue  Determine fat weight in pounds:  Body weight x Body-fat percentage (BF%): 168 lb x 28% = 47 lb of fat  Determine lean body weight (LBW):  Total weight – Fat weight: 168 lb – 47 lb = 121 lb of lean tissue  Calculate %LBW at desired %Fat:  Desired %LBW at 24% body fat = 100% – 24% = 76% (or 0.76)  Calculate goal weight:  Divide current LBW by desired %LBW = 121 lb/0.76 = 159 lb

41  Lifestyle should focus on:  Moderate energy intake  Physical activity is the key to long- term success Making Changes in Body Composition

42 Chapter 6 Connect Worksheet Chapter 6 Connect Worksheet is due on Monday, October 15 th, no later than 11:59PM.

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