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Equation to Fat Percentage Estimation in Women with Reduced Bone Mineral Density

Cristiane da Silva Oselame1, *, Gleidson Brandão Oselame2, Oslei de Matos3, Eduardo Borba Neves4
1 Federal Technological University of Paraná. Av. Sete de Setembro, 3165 - Rebouças CEP, 80230-901 - Curitiba - PR - Brasil.
2 Federal Technological University of PR Av. Sete de Setembro, 3165 - Rebouças CEP 80230-901 - Curitiba - PR - Brasil. Home address: Rua Mariano Torres, 958, apto 905, Curitiba, Brasil.
3 Federal Technological University of Paraná. Av. Sete de Setembro, 3165 - Rebouças CEP 80230-901 - Curitiba - PR - Brasil.
4 Biomedical Engineering, Lecturer in Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal Technological University of Paraná.. Av. Sete de Setembro, 3165 - Rebouças CEP, 80230-901 - Curitiba - PR - Brasil.



The measurement of body fat is a way to obtain information about the characteristics that can lead to a framework of certain diseases. Thus, women in postmenopausal period experience significant variations in the body composition and fat distribution.


To develop an equation to estimation of the body fat percentage in women with osteopenia / osteoporosis based on anthropometric measurements easily obtainable.


The sample consisted of 74 women participating in the study group of the Physical Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Federal Technological University of Paraná, all in postmenopausal period and with osteopenia or osteoporosis. It evaluated body composition and bone mineral density by absorptiometry Radiological Dual Energy (DXA), anthropometry and body circumferences (waist, abdomen and hips), and nutritional status by the Body Mass Index (BMI) as the World Health Organization classification.


The sample can be characterized by the following average data: age of 59.32 ± 6.96, 27.14 ± 3 BMI 90, Waist Hip Ratio of 0.85 ± 0.08 and Body fat percentage 40.35 ± 4.04. The proposed equation was Body Fat Percentage (BFP) = 14,419 + (0.405 x BMI) + (0.147 x HC) using only two predictor variables, BMI and hip circumference (PQ).


The standard error of estimate of the proposed equation was 2.89 (R2 = 0.501) can be considered low average values for the percentage of fat in this population, suggesting that the equation can be used to estimate the percentage of body fat in postmenopausal women.

Keywords: Fat Percentage, Bone Mineral Density, Women, Postmenopausal, Osteoporosis.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2017
Volume: 10
Issue: Suppl-2, M5
First Page: 251
Last Page: 256
Publisher Id: TOSSJ-10-251
DOI: 10.2174/1875399X01710010251

Article History:

Received Date: 13/10/2016
Revision Received Date: 30/12/2016
Acceptance Date: 17/03/2017
Electronic publication date: 29/12/2017
Collection year: 2017

© 2017 Oselame et al

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