I am starting to work with a 16 yr. old girl who is obese. Other than the BMI for age growth chart, could you use the bio electrical impedance method for figuring out her fat %. I have worked with children and teens in the group fitness setting (fitness classes) but never really worked with one as a personal trainer. Any experienced advice is appreciated as far as fitness assessments.
I agree with Karin’s statement that it’s a good idea to be especially cautious when assessing obese teenagers.
I would encourage you to ensure the girl understands how all of the preliminary data gathered is not meant to make her feel even worse about her current situation. Rather, it will be great to show how much of a positive impact her lifestyle changes have had on her health and well-being after several months of training.
Here’s a link to an article that’s a bit dated but still could be useful to you:
Best of luck with your new client!