Evaluación de la composición corporal en niños y adolescentes: directrices y recomendaciones

Translated title of the contribution: Assessment body composition in children and teens: guidelines and recommendations

Cristian Curilem Gatica, Atilio Almagià Flores, Fernando Rodríguez Rodríguez, Tuillang Yuing Farias, Francisco Berral de la Rosa, Cristian Martínez Salazar, Carlos Jorquera Aguilera, Carlos Bahamondes Ávila, Patricio Solís Urra, Carlos Cristi Montero, José Bruneau Chávez, Juan Pinto Aguilante, Luis Niedmann Brunet

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The body mass index (BMI) provides one of the indices used to determine the nutritional status of the population worldwide, where despite the existence of clear recommendations for interpretation and defined as gender, age, race, etc. usually their classification, independent of the variables is standardized, increasing the error in the result and classification of nutritional status. The use of body composition through anthropometry, delivers more information than BMI, being fat mass and muscle mass leading useful results. This article presents a review of existing and proposed those equations simpler and less error estimate to be used as a tool to replace or supplement to BMI, promoting a better understanding and interpretation of nutritional status and level of physical activity in children and adolescents.

Translated title of the contributionAssessment body composition in children and teens: guidelines and recommendations
Original languageSpanish
Article number00285
Pages (from-to)734-738
Number of pages5
JournalNutricion hospitalaria
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2016


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