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Table 1 Summary of recent BMI regression equations used to predict percent body fat for men and women.

From: Physiological models of body composition and human obesity

Reference Regression equation BMI range Method Comment
  Men (N subjects) Women (N subjects)    
Gallagher et. al. [5] .516 -8.64/BMI +0.0012 age (192) .637 -8.64/BMI +0.0012 age (225) < 35 4 Comp. Blacks and Asians differ
Jackson et. al. [28] .0376 BMI -.0004BMI2 -.478 (296) .0435 BMI-.0005BMI2 -.4624 (359) < 45 Body density Significant age and ethnic correlation
Deurenberg et. al. [19] .01294BMI+.002 age -.193 (1976) .01294BMI+.002 age -.08 (2516) < 36 Variety Ethnic differences.
Gallagher et. al. [9] .00402BMI+.00177age-.2252 (214) .01591BMI+.00072age-.1166 (290) < 35 4 Comp Blacks differ significantly
  1. If there were ethnic differences, only the Caucasian regression equation is shown.