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Where on the body are the skin fold measurements taken?

Skin fold measurements taken to assess body fat levels can be taken on different places depending on the method of skin fold assessment that is being used. There are two common methods used for skin fold measurement: the Jackson-Pollock method and the Durnin-Womersley method. The Jackson-Pollock method consists of a seven-site formula. It takes into account seven specific sites on the body including the chest, abdominals, thigh, triceps, subscapular (below the shoulder blade), iliac crest (just above the hip bone), and midaxillary (directly below the armpit.) These measurements are added together and a Jackson-Pollock calculation table is used to find the body fat percentage. The Durnin-Womersley method consists of a four-site formula. These sites are the biceps, triceps, subscapular (below the shoulder blade), and iliac crest (just above the hip bone). Similar to the Jackson-Pollock method, these measurment numbers are added together and evaluated using a Durnin-Womersley calculation table to find the body fat percentage.

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