Got Estrogen? Body Fat Differences between Women and Men
Women naturally have higher body fat percentages. It averages out to around five percent greater when comparing to men.
Are childbearing hips to blame?
Genetically, women need more body fat for the miracle of birth and have less fat burning enzymes. They also have more enzymes for storing fat that is multiplied by the hormone estrogen.
For that reason, women should only focus on reaching a body fat level that falls into healthy ranges for females, not men. Women that get too lean and maintain it are at a higher risk for other diseases and health issues like osteoporosis. In contract, women that carry a high percentage in the obese range are at a highly likelihood of breast and endometrial cancer, infertility, birth defects and other gynecological issues.
Matthew Johnson (Google+) is a certified personal trainer, nutrition expert and an on-line fitness consultant that started ChangingShape.com back in 2001.