Presenter(s): John Manor
Title: Fitness and Fatness: Body Mass Index versus Body Composition
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Bunn , Physical Therapy
The purpose of this study was to classify and compare adults in the United States by cardiovascular fitness (CVF), body mass index (BMI) and body composition using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. Approximately 32.9% and 24.9% were classified as overweight and obese respectively via BMI. By body composition, 18.1% and 68.4% were categorized in the bottom two-thirds. By BMI, 9.9% and 6.7% of the overweight and obese populations were classified in the highest third of CVF. By body composition, 6.6% and 21.0% of the moderate and percent body fat population fell in the same category.