Comparison of body adiposity index (BAI) and bmi with estimations of % body fat in clinically severe obese women

Allan Geliebter, Deniz Atalayer, Louis Flancbaum, Charlisa D. Gibson

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Objective: Body adiposity index (BAI), a new surrogate measure of body fat (hip circumference/(height1.5 - 18)), has been proposed as an alternative to body mass index (BMI). We compared BAI with BMI, and each of them with laboratory measures of body fat-derived from bioimpedance analysis (BIA), air displacement plethysmography (ADP), and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in clinically severe obese (CSO) participants. Design and Methods: Nineteen prebariatric surgery CSO, nondiabetic women were recruited (age = 32.6 ± 7.7 SD; BMI = 46.5 ± 9.0 kg/m2). Anthropometrics and body fat percentage (% fat) were determined from BIA, ADP, and DXA. Scatter plots with lines of equality and Bland-Altman plots were used to compare BAI and BMI with % fat derived from BIA, ADP, and DXA. BAI and BMI correlated highly with each other (r = 0.90, P < 0.001). Results: Both BAI and BMI correlated significantly with % fat from BIA and ADP. BAI, however, did not correlate significantly with % fat from DXA (r = 0.42, P = 0.08) whereas BMI did (r = 0.65, P = 0.003). BMI was also the single best predictor of % fat from both BIA (r2 = 0.80, P < 0.001) and ADP (r2 = 0.65, P < 0.001). The regression analysis showed that the standard error of the estimate (SEE), or residual error around the regression lines, was greater for BAI comparisons than for BMI comparisons with BIA, ADP, and DXA. Consistent with this, the Bland and Altman plots indicated wider 95% confidence intervals for BAI difference comparisons than for BMI difference comparisons for their respective means for BIA, ADP, and DXA. Conclusions: Thus, BAI does not appear to be an appropriate proxy for BMI in CSO women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


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