Body composition analysis in women aged 50-80 in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship

Andrzej Chęsy, Gabriel Chęsy, Wojciech Sikorski, Andrzej Rakowski, Paweł Rakowski, Magdalena Kuśmierek, Katarzyna Dmitruk, Małgorzata Tafil-Klawe



Obesity is a problem which is more and more common in Polish population. The reason for that is excessive energy delivery from food against the quantity used by organism, as well as too small physical activity. These factors lead to excessive increase of body fat quantity which has a detrimental impact on the health condition.

The purpose of the study is a body composition assessment in women aged 50-80 living in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

1902 female inhabitants of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship participated in the study which was divided into six age groups. The fat mass level and the fat free mass level of the body was evaluated with the assistance of electrical bioimpedance method. The content of water in the organism and, indirectly, the basic metabolism level were also determined.

With age women exhibit the decrease of fat free body mass and water level in the organism; whereas the body mass and, at the same time, the body fat content are observed to increase for women between 50 and 70 years of age. Above the age of 70 this tendency is reversed and the body mass and the body fat level decline. It was also observed that with age the basic metabolism level systematically diminishes within the population.


body composition; fat mass; BIA; elderly women

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