Table 2.

Smoothed 95th Percentiles of Triceps Skinfold Thickness for NHANES I Subjects adapted with permission20

Males95th PercentileFemales95th Percentile
YearsmmYearsmm
6 –6.9146 –6.916
7 –7.9167 –7.918
8 –8.9178 –8.920
9 –9.9199 –9.922
10 –10.92110 –10.924
11 –11.92211 –11.926
12 –12.92312 –12.928
13 –13.92413 –13.930
14 –14.92314 –14.931
15 –15.92215 –15.932
16 –16.92216 –16.933
17 –17.92217 –17.934
18 –18.92218 –18.934
19 –19.92219 –19.935
  • * Triceps skinfold measurement: determine the midpoint between the acromion and olecranon process on the posterior surface of the right arm and mark it. With the patient's arm relaxed, grasp the skinfold ∼1 cm above the midpoint, taking care to exclude muscle from the grasp. Measure skinfold thickness with calipers at the midpoint. Repeat the measure two to three times.76