Healthy and Optimal Body Fat Composition Chart for Women and Men, Get Your Free Weight Loss App Above

The Differences

Measuring Body Fat Composition Chart Differences

Women's bodies have higher ratios of body fat. Females average out to around five percent higher when compared to men.

Genetically, women need more body fat for childbirth and have less fat burning enzymes. Women also have more enzymes for storing fat that are magnified by the hormone estrogen.

Women should only focus on reaching a body fat percentage that is in healthy ranges on the body fat guides and tables below. Females that get too lean are at a higher risk for other diseases and health issues like osteoporosis. In contract, females that carry a high percentage in the obese range on the table are at higher risk for breast and endometrial cancer, infertility, birth defects and other gynecological issues.

By Ace

Body Fat Composition Chart by Ace

Percentage 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

Female by Age

Body Fat Composition Chart Female by Age

Body Fat Composition 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 by Age

Body Fat Composition Chart Male by Age

Body Fat Composition 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%

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