Pinheiro dos Santos, Ellem Eduarda; Cunha de Oliveira, Carolina
Introduction: Obesity is a complex disease with a high prevalence in several countries, contributing to a decline in physical and functional capacity of the elderly.
Objective: To identify the indicator of adiposity better sensitivity and specificity in the identification of excess body fat in elderly women.
Methods: Cross-sectional study of 112 elderly participants. The indicators of adiposity assessed were: body mass index (BMI), Conicity Index (C index), waist circumference (WC), waist to height Ratio (WHtR), and Body Shape Index (BSI). Body fat (BF) was estimated by the Valencia et al. (2003), from the data of resistance and reactance obtained by the bioimpedance device.
Results: The BMI(r=0.807; p0.90) to express excess BF.
Conclusion: BMI, WC and WHtR were considered good predictors of BF in older women, and thus can be used in clinical practice.