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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Feasibility and acceptability of the Bod Pod procedure and changes in body composition from admission to discharge in adolescents hospitalized with eating disorders

Kelsey B. Williams
  • Clinical Dietitian, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
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/ Elisabeth S. Hastings
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  • Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Food and Nutrition Services, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
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  • Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
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Published Online: 2018-10-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0224


The feasibility and acceptability of using the Bod Pod procedure to measure changes in body composition in 30 adolescent females admitted to an inpatient eating disorder unit was evaluated using written surveys, Bod Pod measurements obtained at admission and discharge, and medical records review. Participants rated the Bod Pod test as acceptable (100%; 30/30), comfortable (93%, 28/30), and they were willing to repeat the procedure (97%, 29/30). Ten participants did not complete the final Bod Pod: eight were discharged before a second measure could be obtained, one refused the test, and one left against medical advice. Three participants had undetectable readings at admission. Paired t-tests (n = 17) revealed a significant (p < 0.001) mean increase in fat mass (3.7 ± 2 kg), body fat percentage (6.6 ± 3.8%), and lean mass (1.4 ± 1.2 kg) from admission to discharge. The Bod Pod is a feasible and acceptable procedure to measure changes in body composition in adolescent females hospitalized with an eating disorder.

Keywords: body composition; eating disorder; refeeding


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About the article

Received: 2017-12-22

Accepted: 2018-02-25

Published Online: 2018-10-24

Funding sources: We gratefully acknowledge Cosmed (the manufacturer of the Bod Pod) for providing the swim caps and bathing suits needed for participation in this study.

Conflict of interest statement: The authors do not have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170224, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0224.

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