Body proportions in three Nigerian tribes

Azinge, E. C., Mabayoje, M. and Ward, L. C. (2003) Body proportions in three Nigerian tribes. Acta Diabetologica, 40 SUPPL. 1: S317-S319. doi:10.1007/s00592-003-0097-8

Author Azinge, E. C.
Mabayoje, M.
Ward, L. C.
Title Body proportions in three Nigerian tribes
Journal name Acta Diabetologica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0940-5429
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00592-003-0097-8
Volume 40
Issue SUPPL. 1
Start page S317
End page S319
Total pages 3
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Language eng
Subject C1
321205 Nutrition and Dietetics
730215 Nutrition
Abstract Prediction equations of body composition based on measurements of whole-body bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) have been found to be population-specific. It was hypothesised that this may be, in part, due to differences in proportional limb lengths between ethnic or racial groups. As a preliminary to a survey of body composition in urban Nigerians using BIA, the relative limb lengths of the three major tribal groups (Hausa, Yoruba and Ibo) were determined. We found small (5-9%) but significantly longer limb lengths in Nigerians compared to a Caucasian population, but no significant differences between tribes. This implies that BIA prediction equations generated in a Caucasian population are inappropriate for use in a Nigerian population.
Keyword Endocrinology & Metabolism
Limb Lenghts
Body Proportions
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Q-Index Code C1

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