Body fat percentage explained


Body fat percentage is a useful indicator of your risk of disease. So, what is a healthy, realistic body fat percentage to shoot for? This table may shed a little light.

What is body fat percentage?

Body fat percentage is worked out by dividing total mass of fat by total body mass. Body fat includes essential and storage body fat. 

Be aware Body fat percentage is not the golden measure of health.

Whislt it is useful in combination with other measurements, there are other factors to consider. We all have different body fat distributions. Some people carry weight on their hips or legs, whilst others store fat across their abdomen. Abdomenal fat tends to be a lot more dangerous. People who store visceral fat (fat between your organs which can coat the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas) have an increased the risk of chronic disease.

For example - If you have a 'low' body fat percentage but carry a lot of weight around your stomach, then you might be at risk regardless of your %. 

What to do

1. Work out your percentage (%). Measure your body fat percentage using fancy scales (all The nude nutriitonist client's body fat percentage is measured) and/or find your body fat using these images. 

2. Measure your waist, baby!  A waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men or 80cm for women is an indicator of disease risk. 

3. Ask youreslf: Do you have energy? Are you active? Do you eat too much junk and not enough veg?

4. Move more and eat less junk food. Be the healthiest you can be at every size. 

For more information, visit Measure Up.

FYI - “Essential fat” is the minimum amount of fat necessary for basic physical and physiological health.

Lyndi Cohen