What is an anthropometric tape measure?
Anthropometric simply means measurement of the body. The basic specifications for an anthropometric tape measure are:
- Flexible steel blade (because steel won’t stretch over time)
- Blank space before the zero of at least 4 cm (for better handling of the tape while getting an accurate reading)
- Compact or “pocket” size
What about diameter, pipe, logging, forestry, and tree tape measures?
Most anthropometric tape measures were first intended for pipe and tree circumference measurement. “Diameter” indicates that the tape will have secondary set of numbers, usually on the reverse side of the tape, that shows the diameter calculation that corresponds to length measurement. This number is irrelevant for body measurement.
Is it okay to use a diameter tape measure for body measurement?
Anthropometric / Diameter Tape Measures on NutriActiva.com
All of the following tape measures have these same characteristics: flexible steel blade, blank space before the zero, 2 meters in length. 1 MM graduation
AnthroFlex Enameled White Tape Measure CM/Inches
Lufkin W606PM Tape Measure CM