Reliability of BMI as an index for fattiness and obesity in active population in comparison to Endomorphy component as an index

Anup Adhikari
Anthropometrica, Toronto, Canada

Published 31-12-2021


  • BMI,
  • Fat %,
  • FFM,
  • Endomorphy,
  • Mesomorphy

How to Cite

Adhikari, A. . (2021). Reliability of BMI as an index for fattiness and obesity in active population in comparison to Endomorphy component as an index. International Journal of Kinanthropometry, 1(1), 78–81.



Aim: The aim of the present study was to find out whether BMI is a reliable index for fattiness and obesity compare to endomorphy component as index. Methods: 439 males and 475 females from different countries across the world were measured over an extended period of years to 2020 for . Stretched stature, Body weight, Skinfold Thicknesses (Biceps, Triceps, Supraspinale and Calf), Girths (Arm Flexed and Tensed and Calf) and Bi-epicondylar breadth ( Humerus  and Femur). Results: Very low correlation (r = 0.18) was observed between BMI and fat % whereas high correlation ( r = 0.61, p< .05) was observed between BMI and Fat Free Mass ( FFM). correlation coefficient ( r) between BMI and Mesomorphy component was 0.79 ( p<.05). Correlation coefficient ( r) between Endomorphy and fat % was 0.86(p<.05). Conclusion: Thus from the above study, it can be concluded that, for individuals, BMI is more associated with muscularity than it is with fatness.


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