Cited as: Bod Pod Gold Standard, Life measurement, Inc., California, USA

Website - Life Measurement, Inc. BOD POD

A Bodpod uses a technique known as Air Displacement Plethysmography to determine body composition. The method uses air displacement in a similar way that hydrostatic weighting measures water displacement.

Body Composition determined in this way has a strong correlation (r=0.96) to that determined by hydrostatic weighing (Dempster et al, 1995; Dixon et al, 2005)

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Further Reading

Dempster, P and AItkens, S. (1995) A new air displacement method for the determination of human body composition. Med Sci. Sports Exerc. Vol. 27, 1692-1697 [full text]

Dixon, C.B., Deitrick, R.W., Pierce, J.R., Cutrufello, P.T. and Drapeau, L.L. (2005) Evaluation of the BOD POD and leg-to-leg bioelectrical impedance analysis for estimating percent body fat in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III collegiate wrestlers. J. Strength Cond. Res. Vol.19, No.1, 85–91[full text]

Fields,D.A. Goran,M.I., and McCrory, M.A. (2002) Body-composition assessment via air-displacement plethysmography in adults and children: a review Am J Clin Nutr75(3) 453-467 [full text]

Fields, D.A., Higgins, P.B. and Radley, D. (2005) Air-displacement plethysmography: here to stay Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 8:624–629. [full text]

Ginde, S.R., Geliebter, A., Rubiano, F., Silva, A.M., Wang, J., Heshka, S. and Heymsfield, S.B. (2005) Air displacement plethysmography: validation in overweight and obese subjects. Obes Res. Vol. 13, 1232–1237 [full text]

Heymsfield, S.B., Lohman, T.G., Wang, Z., Going, S.B. (2005) Human Body Composition (2nd Ed.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Ch 2 [google books]

McCrory, M.A., Mole, P. A., Gomez, T.D., Dewey, K.G. and Bernauer, E.M.(1998) Body composition by air-displacement plethysmography by using predicted and measured thoracic gas volumes. J. Appl. Physiol. 84(4): 1475–1479 [full text]

Utter, A. C., Goss, F. L., Swan, P. D., Harris, G. S., Robertson, R. J. and Trone, G. A.(2003) Evaluation of Air Displacement for Assessing Body Composition of Collegiate Wrestlers. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 35, No. 3, 500–505 [full text]