Accuracy of Body Mass Index Based on Self-Report Data Among Law Enforcement Cadets

Quincy Johnson, Jillian Joyce, Filip Kukić, Robert Lockie, Charlie Kornhauser, Rob Marc Orr, Jay Dawes

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Height and body mass are often self-reported bystudy participants.However, the accuracy of this data compared to measuredvalues is limited in tactical trainee populations. This study’s purpose was tocompare the accuracy of self-reported height and body mass to measuredvalues within a US law enforcement cadet population,and determine how these estimations affected BMI classifications.
METHODS: Self-reported and measured body height and body mass for twenty-six (n = 26) male and female cadets (males – age: 31.32 ± 10.04 years; measured height: 178.07 ± 9.87cm; measured body mass: 92.44 ± 19.37 kg; females – age: 25.67 ± 1.53 years; measured body height: 168.17 ± 4.01cm; measured body mass: 78.94 ± 11.30 kg) were analyzed. 
RESULTS: Significant differences between estimated and measured height (p < 0.001), body mass (p < 0.05), but not BMI (p = 0.281) were revealed. CONCLUSION: Self-reported body height and body mass were not accurately reported when compared to measured values. However, reported resulted in accurate BMI classifications.
Original languageEnglish
Journal Journal of Criminalistics and Law
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020

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