Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Facial Hair Equates Deceptive Body Fat Results

Photo by Chance Agrella
I just read an interesting study published in May 2001 regarding the effect of air displacement in scalp and facial hair on body fat estimations. According to the results, that hair on your head and on your face can make your body fat results come in slightly less than what they actually are.

Read the PDF version of the study HERE

I have heard some people say that hair (on the head and on the face) makes a man look thinner, and I have heard others say they think it makes a man look heavier.

What do YOU think? Does facial hair make a man look thinner or heavier?

Higgins, Paul B., Fields, David A., Hunter, Gary R., Gower, Barbara A.(2001). Effect of Scalp and Facial Hair on Air Displacement Plethysmography Estimates of Percentage of Body Fat. OBESITY RESEARCH, 9 (5), 326 - 330

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