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Calculate Body Fat %

How to Measure Body Fat?

  • Height: taken without shoes
  • Neck: taken below the larynx sloping slightly downward at the front
  • Waist: for men at navel height, for women at the smallest point
  • Hips: (women only) at the largest point

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Body Fat Percentage Chart By Ace

Classification Women (% fat) Men (% fat)
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32% plus 25% plus



Body Fat Percentage Chart By Age


FEMALE


Age


Excellent


Good


Fair


Poor


19-24


18.9%


22.1%


25.0%


29.6%


25-29


18.9%


22.0%


25.4%


29.8%


30-34


19.7%


22.7%


26.4%


30.5%


35-39


21.0%


24.0%


27.7%


31.5%


40-44


22.6%


25.6%


29.3%


32.8%


45-49


24.3%


27.3%


30.9%


34.1%


50-54


26.6%


29.7%


33.1%


36.2%


55-59


27.4%


30.7%


34.0%


37.3%


60 +


27.6%


31.0%


34.4%


38.0%


MALE


Age


Excellent


Good


Fair


Poor


19-24


10.8%


14.9%


19.0%


23.3%


25-29


12.8%


16.5%


20.3%


24.4%


30-34


14.5%


18.0%


21.5%


25.2%


35-39


16.1%


19.4%


22.6%


26.1%


40-44


17.5%


20.5%


23.6%


26.9%


45-49


18.6%


21.5%


24.5%


27.6%


50-54


19.8%


22.7%


25.6%


28.7%


55-59


20.2%


23.2%


26.2%


29.3%


60 +


20.3%


23.5%


26.7%


29.8%




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.



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