Fatness of the Total Body as Estimated from Measurements on the Eviscerated Carcass

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Science  23 Aug 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3582, pp. 718-719
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3582.718


In mice of the genetically obese strain with body fatness below 28 percent, fatness of the eviscerated carcass equaled fatness of the total body. Above 28 percent, the two values diverged with the eviscerated carcass being the higher. In the fattest individuals the prediction of total body fatness from measurements made on the eviscerated carcass may be in error by + 6.5 percent-fatness. When total body fatness exceeded about 25 percent, visceral depots no longer participated proportionately, and probably did not participate at all in further fat accretion.