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Correlation Between Body Fat Percentage (BFP) and Basal Energy Expenditure (BEE) in Javanese Women Aged 40-60 Years Old in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sylva Salma, Toto Sudargo and Neni Trilusiana Rahmawati
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The prevalence of obesity in women is increasing more than that in men. The basal metabolic rate, calculated as basal energy expenditure (BEE), is the main determinant of energy balance and weight change. However, the correlation between BEE and obesity is polemical. The aim of this study is to examine the correlation between body fat percentage (BFP) and basal energy expenditure (BEE) among 40-60 year-old Javanese women in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A cross-sectional study of 123 Javanese women was conducted. The anthropometric data of the subjects (hip circumference, suprailiac skinfold, body mass index for BFP, weight and height for BEE) were calculated using predictive equations. The data were analyzed using Pearson’s correlations. The prevalence of obesity in the subjects, measured as high BFP, was 84.6%. The means of both BFP and BEE were higher than normal, i.e., 31.2% (SD 6.5) and 1318.6 Cal (SD 97.3), respectively. The result found that there was a significant correlation between BFP and BEE (r = 0.929, p<0.001). The result suggested that high BFP is strongly related to high BEE. It can be concluded that obese individuals have higher basal metabolic rates and BEE values than normal-weight individuals.

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Sylva Salma, Toto Sudargo and Neni Trilusiana Rahmawati, 2016. Correlation Between Body Fat Percentage (BFP) and Basal Energy Expenditure (BEE) in Javanese Women Aged 40-60 Years Old in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 15: 260-263.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2016.260.263


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