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BodyFat % Chart Information

* MEN

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

Very Lean

6.3

9.9

12.8

14.4

15.5

15.2

Excellent

10.5

14.5

17.4

19.1

19.7

20.4

Good

14.8

18.2

20.6

22.1

22.6

23.1

Fair

18.6

21.3

23.4

24.6

25.2

24.8

Poor

23.1

24.9

26.6

27.8

28.4

27.6

Very Poor

33.3

34.3

35

36.4

36.8

35.5

*WOMEN

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

Very Lean

13.6

14

15.6

17.2

17.7

16.6

Excellent

16.5

17.4

19.8

22.5

23.2

24

Good

19.4

20.8

23.8

27

27.9

28.6

Fair

22.7

24.6

27.6

30.4

31.3

31.8

Poor

27.1

29.1

31.9

34.5

35.4

36

Very Poor

38.9

39.4

39.8

40.4

40.8

40.5

 

 

 

 

 

Essential fat is the minimal amount of fat necessary for normal physiological function. Essential fat values are typically considered to be 3% for men and 12% for women. Fat above the minimal amount is referred to as nonessential fat. It is generally accepted that a range of 10-22% for men and 18-27% for women is considered satisfactory for good health.

A body composition within the recommended range suggests you have less risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Having too low body fat can also cause health risks. Dropping below the minimal recommended levels of essential fat negatively affects the delivery of vitamins to the organs, the ability of the reproductive system to function, and overall well-being.

Body composition can be estimated through various techniques. See a list of body composition assessment methods>

A BMI calculator and chart is a very general way to assess body composition>