Percent body fat measurement in the medical management of children with obesity

Maheen Quadri-Sheriff*, Adolfo Javier Ariza, Kavitha Selvaraj, Karen Schaller, Helen Binns

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Sustaining weight loss can be challenging, as physiological responses to weight loss, including metabolic and hormonal adaptations and decreased energy expenditure, promote weight regain. Paired with sustained dietary changes, physical activity can promote weight maintenance after successful weight loss, as physical activity can help maintain fat-free mass. We present several illustrative cases to highlight the potential use of body composition measurement using a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) scale to augment obesity management counseling in a tertiary care pediatric weight-management clinic. BIA does require some interpretation, as it can be affected by hydration status and time of day, as well as patient age, sex, and body mass index. Nonetheless, BIA can be a helpful aid to obesity counseling. More research is needed to better understand how to use change in percent body fat over time as a motivational tool for management of children with obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e487-e493
JournalPediatric annals
Volume47
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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Pediatric Obesity
Electric Impedance
Adipose Tissue
Weight Loss
Weights and Measures
Counseling
Obesity
Exercise
Tertiary Healthcare
Body Composition
Energy Metabolism
Body Mass Index
Fats
Maintenance
Pediatrics
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