Korean J Community Nutr.  2018 Oct;23(5):424-430. 10.5720/kjcn.2018.23.5.424.

Comparison of Predicted and Measured Resting Energy Expenditure in Overweight and Obese Korean Women

  • 1Department of Food & Nutrition, Changwon National University, Changwon, Korea, Student.
  • 2Department of Food & Nutrition, Changwon National University, Changwon, Korea, Professor. jeyim@changwon.ac.kr


OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare predictions and measurements of the resting energy expenditure (REE) of overweight and obese adult women in Korea.
The subjects included 65 overweight or obese adult women ranging in age from 20~60 with a recorded body mass index (BMI) of 23 or higher. Their height, weight, waist-hip ratio, and blood pressure were measured. The investigator also measured their body fat, body fat percentage, and body composition of total weight without fat using Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and measured resting energy expenditure by indirect calorimetry. Measured resting energy expenditures were compared with predictions from six methods: Harris-Benedict, Mifflin, Owen, WHO-WH, Henry-WH, and KDRI.
Harris-Benedict predictions showed the smallest differences from measured resting energy expenditure at an accurate prediction rate of 70%. The study analyzed regression between measured resting energy expenditure and body measurements including height, weight and age. The formula proposed by this research is as follows: Proposed REE equation for overweight and obese Korean women = 721 − (1.5 × age) + (0.4 × height) + (9.9 × weight).
These findings suggest that age is a significant variable when predicting resting energy expenditure in overweight and obese women. Therefore, prediction of resting energy expenditure should consider age when determining energy requirements in overweight and obese women.


overweight; obese; resting energy expenditure
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