Good question. I don't have the Cooper standards in any of my books. Could probably find online. But generally the Omron unit will give you an body fat estimation that is +/- 4-5% error. BIA units like this one are not as accurate as DEXA or Hydrostatic weighing, or as accurate as Skinfold measurements done by an experienced technician. BIA units excel in convenience, speed, and low cost, and are best used for relative comparisons over a period of time, weeks or months. BIA is not accurate enough to be used in research settings and thus a one-time measurement is not reliable. Any condition that alters normal hydration levels (recent food intake, recent exercise, recent alcohol consumption) affects accuracy.
How were the measurements for the Cooper standards taken?
Percentile norms, such as you mention, are usually designed to see how you compare with a known population. This unit does not have any built in norm charts. You would have to look that up in a book or online.
Not positive, but the research I have personally done for 6 + years shows it is accurate
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answered 2 years, 3 months ago
- Cedar City Utah
Sorry Sergio, all I can tell you is that the readings are just an average. The best way to measure body fat is by being submerger in water (hydrostatic weighting) or by the use of a caliper.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
- Lakeland, Florida
answered 3 years, 2 months ago