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Body Composition


Updated February 15, 2014


The BodPod is a device that measures body composition.

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Definition: Body composition refers to the proportion of fat and fat-free mass in the body. Those with a higher proportion of fat-free mass to a lower proportion of body fat have a healthy body composition.

Ways to assess your body composition, and body fat percentage, include measurement with calipers and tests such as underwater body fat test, the BodPod, DEXA Scan, and Bioletrical Impedence.


Examples: Someone with a body composition that includes excessive body fat is more likely to suffer from weight-related health problems.

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