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Background: Constant checkup and control of body fat mass is an important parameter for the health and efficiency of individuals in any society. This parameter is especially crucial in army soldiers since physical fitness is a key role in reaching high physical performance, health, and survival in war.

Objective: This study was designed to compare two methods of measuring fat, the method of circumference-based military equations (CBEs) to estimate body fat mass compared to the method of skinfold thickness-based equation (SBE) in Iranian soldiers.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 246 Iranian soldiers were recruited in Tehran (2016). Height, waist, and neck circumference were measured and the total body fat mass was calculated using CBEs. Then, the results of using Pierson’s correlation and Bland-Altman methods were compared with Jackson and Pollock’s skinfold thickness measurement.

Findings: The total body fat mass of the soldiers using CBEs was 18/94 ± 6/30%   and using Jakson and Pollock’s skinfold thickness formula was 17.43±4.45%. The correlation between the two methods was r=0.984 and SEE was 1.1% (P<0.001).

Conclusion: The more body fat makes the error waist circumference greater. The error is so much that don’t use this method to measure fat.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Nutrition

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