What is an anthropometric study?
An anthropometric study is composed of a series of tests or data-points of an individual that shows aspects and measures of their composition and state of their health. In this way, their general health is revealed, particularly at a nutritional level.
What does it consist of?
The study is based on weight, height, body mass index (BMI), bone complexity (wrist, waist, hip and arm circumference), and a bioelectrical impedance analysis (a test that shows the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body). All of this information is complemented with an evaluation of the daily energy needs of the subject depending on their age, sex and daily physical activity.
Why is it done?
An anthropometric study will be carried out to fully assess the status of someone’s body and overall health. These results are more indicative of health than just weight for example, as they take into account numerous measurements. Results of anthropometric studies can also indicate if weight loss or dietary changes are needed in an individual.
Preparation for the anthropometric study
No preparation is required before an anthropometric study is carried out.
What do abnormal results look like?
If the following are indicated by the results, then usually dietary or lifestyle changes are usually recommended: