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7.1: Body Composition Reading

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    The readings will help you understand the topics covered in this week.


    The rest of this chapter contains your reading for this section.

    Additionally, information on these external sources will be useful to deepen your understanding:

    • Read Health-Related Fitness Overview
      Review the Module key terms and sections one and three. Focus on the body composition information.This overview document was created by Mr. Travis M. Erickson, MS, CSCS*D, Lecturer for the Appalachian State University department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science (
    • Read ACSM_Body composition
      Notice how both this article and the previous one (#1) emphasize that Body Mass Index (BMI) is not an assessment of body composition. However, since it is a widely used screening tool it is important to know what the numbers mean in terms of classification (ex. BMI ≥ 30 = obese).
    • Body Composition: Measurement Techniques.” by Nobuko Hongu, Lee R. Vinson, and Scott Going from the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
      • This article will help you understand how to estimate body fat and will give you better insight into the screening tools we are using for this class: BMI and waist measurement.
    • Read Body Fat Distribution
      • This very short article introduces a new screening tool for obesity-related problems: waist-to-hip ratio. I recommend you calculate your own waist-to-hip ratio as explained in the article. This will help you understand if you are at an increased risk of health problems due to the distribution of your body fat.

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