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What should my percent (%) body fat be?

What should my percent (%) body fat be?

Here is a general guide for percent (%) body fat:

Women

A healthy body fat % = 21% – 31%

Here is the average body fat % for women by age:

Age 20 – 29 30 – 39 40 – 49 50 – 59 60+
Avg Body Fat 22.1% 23.1% 26.4% 30.1% 30.9%

An unhealthy body fat % = 32% or more

This is considered obese and increases your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity related health problems.

Men

A healthy body fat % = 14% – 24%

Here is the average body fat % for men by age:

Age 20 – 29 30 – 39 40 – 49 50 – 59 60+
Avg Body Fat 15.9% 19% 21.1% 22.7% 23.5%

An unhealthy body fat % = 25% or more

This is considered obese and increases your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity related health problems.

Sources:
ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities (2002).
Lohman TG. Body Composition methodology in sports medicine. Phys Sportsmed 1982: 10:47-52




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