Anthropometry prediction equations to assess body composition in early infancy
Skinfold FM & FFM equations in infancy
Simple measures - skinfolds
29th October 2021
Richard Powell, MRC Epidemiology Unit
Derived and validated anthropometry-based equations for infant FM and FFM using simple parameters often measured in infant studies (sex, age, weight, length and skinfolds measurements from flank, subscapular and triceps). These equations appeared to be more robust in predicting infant FM and FFM when compared to other published childhood equations despite the presence of proportional bias. These equations are fit for use in longitudinal infant cohorts or trials, when reference methods, such as ADP-PEA Pod, are not feasible.