Skinfold measurement is a technique to estimate how much fat is
on the body. It involves using a device called a caliper to lightly pinch the
skin and underlying fat in several places.
This quick and simple
method of estimating body fat requires a high level of skill to get accurate
results. Skinfold measurement is best used when comparing results from one
measurement to the next, rather than relying on the results of a single
measurement. To compare results from one time to another, it is best to have
the same person do the measurements each time.
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