BODY FAT RATIO
A person’s body fat ratio is the ratio of the fat tissue weight in the person’s body to his total weight.
Body fat is necessary to maintain body temperature, cushion joints and protect internal organs. The amount of fat required for a person to perform vital functions in a healthy way varies according to gender. Due to fertility and some hormonal functions, the ratio required in women is higher than in men.
Essential ideal fat percentage varies between 10% -20% for men and 18% -28% for women. However, it is difficult to point to a single “ideal” percentage, as the ratio of fat that may be ideal for a bodybuilder may differ from that ideal for a football player. Therefore, the ranges are used to give people an idea of where they stand for health.
The fat percentage range for the following five body types is listed in both men and women.
Obese:> 25% (Male); > 32% (Women)
Excess fat: 20-25% (Men); 28-32% (Women)
Fit: 15-20% (Men); 23-28% (Female)
Athletic: 10-15% (Men); 18-23% (Female)
Extraordinary Sports / Bodybuilder Range: 3-10% (Men); 12-18% (Female)
A high-fat body can harm your health in a long term. Reducing excess body fat has been shown to directly reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
If the essential body fat percentage drops below 5% recommended in men and below 15% in women, normal body functions start discontinuing. Low fat percentage may lead to osteoporosis, deterioration of skin health and possible infertility in the following years.
If you are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, measuring and understanding your body fat is incredibly important.