Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Body fat has several implications for an individual's physical well-being. Aside from its functional aspects as an energy reserve and as a thermal insulator, excess body fat has been related to an increased mortality rate (Dublin, 1930). Vitale (1973) and deVries (1974) emphasized that excess fat is associated with many degenerative diseases such as diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Mayer (1953) noted that there might be seasonal changes in the body fat level due to changes in activity level. Johnson, Burke,, and Mayer (1956) traced the onset of obesity of most "late obesity" children to the winter months. Interesting information that could result from the study of the amount of an individual's body fat would be its relation to sex, normal maturation, and physical fitness.
Sieczkowski, Paul, "The relationship between body fat and physical well-being of children, aged six to thirteen, as determined by physical activity and physical fitness" (1976). Student Work. 3042.