Adjusting Body Cell Mass for Size in Women of Differing Nutritional Status

Wells, J. C. K., Murphy, A. J., Buntain, H. M., Greer, R. M., Cleghorn, G. J. and Davies, P. S. (2004) Adjusting Body Cell Mass for Size in Women of Differing Nutritional Status. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80 2: 333-336.

Author Wells, J. C. K.
Murphy, A. J.
Buntain, H. M.
Greer, R. M.
Cleghorn, G. J.
Davies, P. S.
Title Adjusting Body Cell Mass for Size in Women of Differing Nutritional Status
Journal name American Journal of Clinical Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9165
Publication date 2004-08-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 80
Issue 2
Start page 333
End page 336
Total pages 4
Editor Halsted, C. H.
Place of publication Bethesda, U.S.A.
Publisher American Society for Clinical Nutrition
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
730201 Women's health
1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Abstract Background: Body cell mass (BCM) may be estimated in clinical practice to assess functional nutritional status, eg, in patients with anorexia nervosa. Interpretation of the data, especially in younger patients who are still growing, requires appropriate adjustment for size. Previous investigations of this general issue have addressed chemical rather than functional components of body composition and have not considered patients at the extremes of nutritional status, in whom the ability to make longitudinal comparisons is of particular importance. Objective: Our objective was to determine the power by which height should be raised to adjust BCM for height in women of differing nutritional status. Design: BCM was estimated by K-40 counting in 58 healthy women, 33 healthy female adolescents, and 75 female adolescents with anorexia nervosa. The relation between BCM and height was explored in each group by using log-log regression analysis. Results: The powers by which height should be raised to adjust BCM,A,ere 1.73. 1.73, and 2.07 in the women, healthy female adolescents, and anorexic female adolescents, respectively. A simplified version of the index, BCM/height(2), was appropriate for all 3 categories and was negligibly correlated with height. Conclusions: In normal-weight women, the relation between height and BCM is consistent with that reported previously between height and fat-free mass. Although the consistency of the relation between BCM and fat-free mass decreases with increasing weight loss, the relation between height and BCM is not significantly different between normal-weight and underweight women. The index BCM/height(2) is easy to calculate and applicable to both healthy and underweight women. This information may be helpful in interpreting body-composition data in clinical practice.
Keyword Nutrition & Dietetics
Body Composition
Potassium Counting
Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Skeletal-muscle Mass
Fat-free Mass
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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