Effect of clothing weight on body weight

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In clinical settings, it is common to measure weight of clothed patients and estimate a correction for the weight of clothing, but we can find no papers in the medical literature regarding the variability in clothing weight of adults with weather, season and gender.

METHODS:

Fifty adults (35 women) were weighed four times during a 12-month period with and without clothing. Clothing weights were determined and regressed against minimum, maximum and average daily outdoor temperature.

RESULTS:

The average clothing weight (± s.d.) throughout the year was significantly greater in men than in women (1.2 ± 0.3 vs 0.8 ± 0.3 kg, P < 0.0001). The average within-person minimum and the average within-person maximum clothing weights across the year were 0.9 ± 0.2 and 1.5 ± 0.4 kg for men, and 0.5 ± 0.2 and 1.1 ± 0.4 kg for women, respectively. The within-person s.d. in clothing weight was 0.3 kg for both men and women. Over the 55°C range in the lowest to the highest outdoor temperatures, the regressions predicted a maximal change in clothing weight of only 0.4 kg in women and 0.6 kg in men.

CONCLUSION:

The clothing weight of men is significantly greater than that of women, but there is little variability throughout the year. Therefore, a clothing adjustment of approximately 0.8 kg for women and 1.2 kg for men is appropriate regardless of outdoor temperature.

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