Changes in body mass index (BMI) and body composition in Malaysian Army (MA) personnel following two weeks of strenuous military training

Aznida Yusuf, Mohd Ismail Noor, Norimah A. Karim, Ridwan Yahaya

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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the body composition of Malaysian Army (MA) personnel and to determine changes in body composition following two weeks of strenuous military training. A total of 40 male subjects, who were apparently healthy, passed the Army Fitness Assessment Test (AFAT) and aged between 18 to 35 years were selected. Body mass index (BMI) was determined as weight / height2 while body composition was measured using the bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) method. The mean BMI of the subjects (23.0 ±3.0 kg.m-2) was found to be within the normal range. The two-week exercise resulted in a decrease of total body fat and increase in lean body mass due to higher physical activity. Body fat content showed a significant reduction (p < 0.05) between Days 1 and 14 of the training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-83
Number of pages12
JournalDefence S and T Technical Bulletin
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) method
  • Body composition changes
  • Military training
  • Obesity
  • Physical performance

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Changes in body mass index (BMI) and body composition in Malaysian Army (MA) personnel following two weeks of strenuous military training. / Yusuf, Aznida; Noor, Mohd Ismail; A. Karim, Norimah; Yahaya, Ridwan.

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