June 1978

Body Fat and Physical Fitness

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14642


by Jana Parřizková, $29, 279 pp, Littleton, Mass, PSG Publishing Co Inc (copyright by Martinus Nijhoff bv, Publishers, The Hague), 1977.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(6):641. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120310105029

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A member of the faculty of physical education of Charles University in Prague, Dr Jana Parřizková, has been a long-time student of body composition. This book, entirely in English, brings together her many publications in this area and includes studies of both animals and man. Hence, the American reader is spared the onerous task of having to deal with the Czech language (a remark I once made to a Czech physician to the effect that his native language was most difficult brought forth a withering reply: "But little children can learn it!").

Dr Pařizková has used the densitometric technique for estimating lean body mass and fat in a variety of human subjects, the obese, the athlete, the elderly, the growing adolescent, and has correlated her findings with anthropometric measurements. Nomograms for predicting body fat from measurements of skin plus subcutaneous tissue (often referred to as "skin-fold thickness") are presented. Unfortunately,

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