Original paper

Relationship between anthropometric measures and body composition among Muslim females of West Bengal,India

Khatoon, Zahira;Tapadar, Jayita Roy ;Chatterjee, Diptendu;Chanda, Sudesna;Ghosh, Jyoti Ratan;Bandyopadhyay, Arup Ratan


Summary: The human body composition is assessed to determine percent body fat (PBF),fat mass (FM),and lean body mass or fat free mass (FFM).The topological distribution of body fat has been the subject of many studies in the world and India.To the best of our knowledge the present paper is the first report on the body composition in terms of PBF and FM,and their relationship with anthropometric measures in Muslim females in India.The present study examines anthropometric measurements and their relationship with the body composition among Muslim females of West Bengal,India.A cross-sectional study of 100 female,Muslim students of Howrah and Kolkata was undertaken to compare the relationships of biceps and triceps skinfold,waist,hip and upper arm circumference,waist hip ratio and conicity index with their body composition variables (PBF and FM).All anthropometric measures displayed significant (p < 0.05 ) correlation with body composition measures.The triceps skinfold,however,demonstrated a significant correlation with PBF (r = 0.90 ) and FM (r = 0.93 ).The greatest amount of variation of PBF ( 81.3 %) and FM ( 89.2 %) was explained by the triceps skinfold.In addition,a considerable amount of variation of PBF ( 72.8 %) and FM ( 86.0 %) was explained by the mid upper arm circumference.In conclusion,the present study displays a tendency of regional adiposity in the upper arm,triceps skinfold and mid upper arm circumference are much more strongly associated with body fat.


Muslim femalesbody composition.regional adiposity