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What Is a Skinfold Measurement Test?

A skinfold measurement test is a test that estimates the percentage of body fat by measuring skinfold thickness at specific locations on the body. Skinfold readings are then used in conjunction with formulas to convert measurements into an estimated body fat percentage according to a personís age and gender.

The tester pinches the skin at the appropriate site to raise a double layer of skin and the underlying adipose tissue, but not the muscle. There are precise sites on which the measurements are to be taken.

The reliability of skinfold measurements can vary from tester to tester depending on their skill and experience. For this reason, it's important to find a qualified expert if you have a skinfold measurement done.

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