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What are the category values for Body Fat?

Body fat consists of essential body fat and storage fat. Essential body fat is present in the nerve tissues, bone marrow, and organs (all membranes), and we cannot lose this fat without compromising physiological function. Storage fat, on the other hand, represents an energy reserve that accumulates when excess energy is ingested and decreases when more energy is expended than consumed.

Males

Classification Age Body Fat %

Below Ideal

18 to 34 years 0.0% to 7.9%

Ideal

18 to 34 years

8.0% to 22.0%

Above Ideal

18 to 34 years 22.0% and above

Below Ideal

35+ years 0.0% to 9.9%

Ideal

35+ years 10.0% to 25.0%

Above Ideal

35+ years 25.0% and above

Females

Classification Age Body Fat %

Below Ideal

18 to 34 years

0.0% to 19.9%

Ideal 

18 to 34 years 20.0% to 35.0%

Above Ideal

18 to 34 years 35.0% and above

Below Ideal

35+ years 0.0% to 24.9%

Ideal

35+ years 25.0% to 38.0%

Above Ideal

35+ years 38.0% and above

 

Source: Dr. Timothy Lohman, Department of Physiology, University of Arizona. “Human Body Composition”.

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