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Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis—An Easy Tool for Quantifying Body Composition in Infancy?

Authors
  • lyons-reid, jaz
  • ward, leigh c.
  • kenealy, timothy
  • cutfield, wayne
Publication Date
Mar 27, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/nu12040920
OAI: oai:mdpi.com:/2072-6643/12/4/920/
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

There has been increasing interest in understanding body composition in early life and factors that may influence its evolution. While several technologies exist to measure body composition in infancy, the equipment is typically large, and thus not readily portable, is expensive, and requires a qualified operator. Bioelectrical impedance analysis shows promise as an inexpensive, portable, and easy to use tool. Despite the technique being widely used to assess body composition for over 35 years, it has been seldom used in infancy. This may be related to the evolving nature of the fat-free mass compartment during this period. Nonetheless, a number of factors have been identified that may influence bioelectrical impedance measurements, which, when controlled for, may result in more accurate measurements. Despite this, questions remain in infants regarding the optimal size and placement of electrodes, the standardization of normal hydration, and the influence of body position on the distribution of water throughout the body. The technology requires further evaluation before being considered as a suitable tool to assess body composition in infancy.

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