Body fat - Skinfold - Durnin and Womersley

Durnin and Womersley bodyfat by skinfoldAmong affordable methods for measuring body fat percentage, using a skinfold caliper is still the best and the 4 spot formula by Durnin and Womersley is very accurate for most people.

Among affordable methods for measuring body fat percentage, using a skinfold caliper is still the best and the four spot formula by Durnin and Womersley is very accurate for most people.

 

Skinfold spots Instructions:
1. Measure skinfold in millimeters as indicated on the pictures and enter values.
2. For further instructions see our guide "How to measure body fat with a skinfold caliper"

Fat Percentage
Lean Body Mass
98.3
53.0
%
kg
Gender
Age
Weight


Background

The Durnin & Womersley calculation should be considered valid for people between 17 and 68 years old.

References

Durnin JVGA, Womersley J. Body fat assessed from total body density and its estimation from skinfold thickness: measurements on 481 men and women aged from 16 to 72 years. Br J Nutrition. 1974; 32: 77-97.

Siri WE. The gross composition of the body. pages 239-280. IN: Lawrence JH, Tobias CA (editors). Advances in Biological and Medical Physics. Academic Press, Inc. Advances in Biological and Medical Physics. 1956; 4: 239-280.

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#39 Peg Molter 2017-12-05 18:37
Where can I find the actual math that is used in this calculation?
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#38 Mo 2017-07-23 16:05
How am I supposed to measure the sub scapular on my own? And why isn't there another option, like abdomen, or upper thigh?

Surely a less accurate reading that's doable is better than a more accurate one that isn't...?!
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#37 Andrea 2014-06-27 15:30
Help please - i am looking for 3-site formula for Biceps, sub-scapular and calf. Hope someone can help me - for fat % in children 5 & up
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#36 tanya 2014-02-09 22:11
Hi, for elderly is the triceps skinfold thickness enough or you need all four sites to assess nutritional status
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#35 saeed 2013-10-07 11:00
How can I measure body fat% with 7 skin fold (Biceps, triceps, subscapular, supraspinale, abdomen, thigh, and calf ). thanks
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#34 jyotsana 2013-09-05 03:45
how to calculate the upper body fat % from subscapular skin fold thickness?
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#33 Pallas 2013-07-23 16:02
How can I Calculate Percent Body Fat from Skinfold Measurements tricepes ect
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#32 Dr. Marc 2013-03-01 23:58
What is the average range percentage of body fat for a 20 year old female and what is the average lean body mass for a 20 year old female? For Example 23%-27.9% body fat and 42kg-49kg?

Many Thanks
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