Validation of percentage body fat indicators in pediatric oncology nutrition assessment

White, Melinda, Davies, Peter and Murphy, Alexia (2008) Validation of percentage body fat indicators in pediatric oncology nutrition assessment. Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, 30 2: 124-129. doi:10.1097/MPH.0b013e31815cc3eb

Author White, Melinda
Davies, Peter
Murphy, Alexia
Title Validation of percentage body fat indicators in pediatric oncology nutrition assessment
Journal name Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1007-4114
Publication date 2008-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/MPH.0b013e31815cc3eb
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 124
End page 129
Total pages 6
Editor Barton A Kamen
Place of publication New York , U.S.A
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject C1
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
920411 Nutrition
Formatted abstract
Given the high prevalence of malnutrition and potential impact nutritional status can have on a child undergoing treatment for cancer, it is vital that oncology centers regularly assess nutritional status. It is important that simple noninvasive anthropometric nutrition assessment measures correlate to more accurate body composition measures.


The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between anthropometric measures and percent body fat determined via air displacement plethysmography in the children being treated in a pediatric oncology and hematology department.


This cross-sectional study measured height, weight, percent ideal body weight (%IBW), mid arm circumference, triceps skinfolds, and mid upper arm fat area in 23 children. These anthropometric variables were compared against the reference measure of percent body fat via air displacement plethysmography.

Correlational analysis and general linear models showed that there was a significant statistical relationship between percent body fat and body mass index Z score, %IBW, mid arm circumference, triceps skinfolds, and arm fat area.

Simple anthropometric measurements of %IBW and triceps skinfolds are good indicators of percent body fat and should be incorporated into regular nutrition assessment of the pediatric oncology patient.

Keyword Nutrition Assessment
Percentage Body Fat
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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