The bmi guildlines is a simple ratio of height to weight to estimate body composition. It is calculated by dividing body weight (in kilograms) by body height (in meters) squared (weight/height).
Because BMI does not take into account % body fat, it may not be an accurate predictor for lean, athletic individuals.
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Ideal Body Fat
The ideal body fat chart illustrates body fat percentages for men or women. The minimal fat needed to maintain a healthy body is 2-5% for men and 6-10% for women. If you are athletic, your body fat may be 6-13% for men and 14-20% for women. A fit individual body fat measures between 14-17% for men and 21-24% for women. The average person body fat is 18-24% for men and 25-31% for women. Obesity is considered to be 25 percent or higher for men and 32 percent or higher for women.
What is considered obese
Obesity is related to an excessive enlargement of the body’s fat cells. Although measuring body fat is difficult and somewhat imprecise, it is generally accepted that, if an adult male is 25% body fat, he is obese. If an adult female is more than 30% body fat, she is considered obese. Although total body weight does not distinguish fat from lean tissue, total weight is an indicator of obesity. Overweight is often estimated by evaluating height/weight charts that have been established by life insurance companies. If an individual weighs more than 20% above the highest estimate in a height/weight table, he or she is considered to be moderately obese.
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