Assessment of body composition in lactating mothers in a rural African community using deuterium oxide

Published in: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 17, issue 1, 2004 , pages: 10–15
DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2004.11734007
Author(s): G.A. EttyangDepartment of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Kenya, van Marken LichtenbeltDepartment of Human Biology,, W.H.M. SarisDepartment of Human Biology,, A. OlooDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Kenya


Background and objective. The deuterium oxide (DO) dilution method for measuring body composition was validated against the widely used skinfold (SF) measurement-based equation of Durnin and Womersley. The study involved 10 lactating women living in a rural community in Nandi, Kenya and participating in a cross-sectional study aimed at determining their iron and vitamin A status.

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