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What are the disadvantages of hydrostatic weighting?

While hydrostatic weighing is the gold standard for body composition measurements, there are a few disadvantages.  First and foremost, it is expensive and requires a lot of space.  Additionally, subjects must completely submerge themselves underwater and expel all of the air in their lungs.  This might make the subject anxious or uncomfortable.

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