Ability of the Harris Benedict to predict energy requiremnts differs with weight history and ethnicicty

  • Douglas C
  • Lawrence J
  • Bush N
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The objective of this study was to assess the effects of weight history status and ethnicity on the ability of the Harris Benedict (HB) formula to: 1) predict measured resting energy expenditure (REE), and, 2) accurately estimate energy needs over a 2-week test period. Subjects were never-overweight (BMI ≤ 25 kg/m2, n=47), overweight (BMI 27-30 kg/m2, n=170), and weight-reduced (BMI ≤ 25 kg/m2, n=51) healthy, adult African-American (AA) and Caucasian (C) women. Food was provided for 2 weeks at an energy level calculated using the HB formula multiplied by a 1.35 activity factor. After 2 weeks, weight, REE (by indirect calorimetry), and body composition (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) were assessed. Data were analyzed using 2-way ANOVA at p

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  • Crystal C Douglas

  • Jeannine C Lawrence

  • Nikki C Bush

  • Robert a Oster

  • Barbara a Gower

  • Betty E Darnell

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