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What is essential body fat?

What is essential body fat?

Body fat that is considered necessary for good health

Essential body fat is the amount of fat considered necessary to keep your body functioning efficiently. It’s stored in small amounts in your organs, muscles, bone marrow, and central nervous system.

The amount of essential fat in your body is estimated to be:

  • 3-5% for men
  • 11-14% for women

Women have a higher percentage of essential fat to maintain normal childbearing functions. They store additional fat in their pelvis, hips, and breasts.





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