Adult weight measurement: decoding the terminology used in literature

  • Christen Renée Lahner University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: adjusted body weight, adjusted ideal body weight, adult weight measurement, actual body weight, ascities, chronic kidney disease, estimated body weight, dry body weight, ideal body weight, obesity, oedema, weight


There are various types of names given to describe the adult weight measurement. The most commonly used terms (actual body weight, estimated body weight, ideal body weight and adjusted body weight) have been defined and summarized to assist in their application in therapeutic nutrition.

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Author Biography

Christen Renée Lahner, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

How to Cite
Lahner, C. (2019). Adult weight measurement: decoding the terminology used in literature. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 32(2), 6-9. Retrieved from
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