It helps you estimate your total body fat percentage based on specific measurements. This calculation is based on the calculation of body fat percentage using the BMI method.
Body Fat calculator
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|Adults in United States, average :||22-25%||15-19%|
The American Council on Exercise Body Fat Categorization
Jackson and Pollard Body Fat Percentages
Body Fat, Obesity, and Overweight
The scientific term for body fat is “adipose tissue.” Adipose tissue serves a number of important functions, including storing lipids from which the body creates energy, secreting important hormones, and providing the body with cushioning and insulation.
Body fat includes essential body fat and storage body fat. Essential body fat is a base level of fat found in most parts of the body that is necessary for maintaining life and reproductive functions. The amount of essential fat differs between men and women, and is typically around 2–5% in men and 10–13% in women. The healthy range of body fat for men is typically defined as 8–19%, while the healthy range for women is 21–33%. While having excess body fat can have many detrimental effects on a person‘s health, insufficient body fat can also have negative health effects. Maintaining a body fat percentage below, or even at, the essential body fat percentage range is a topic that should be discussed with a medical professional.
Storage fat is the type of fat that accumulates in adipose tissue, which can be either subcutaneous fat (the layer of fat under the skin) or visceral fat (the fat located in the abdominal cavity). Excess amounts of storage fat can have negative health consequences.
If a person has excess body fat, they will become overweight and eventually obese if they don‘t take measures to control their body fat. It‘s important to note that being overweight does not always mean a person has excess body fat. A person‘s weight is made up of different factors such as muscle, bone density, and water content, not just body fat. So, even people who are very muscular can be considered overweight.
The speed that fat builds up on the body varies from person to person. It depends on many things, like genes and how much exercise someone gets. People who don‘t exercise and eat a lot will have more trouble getting rid of fat stored around their stomachs. But controlling diet and getting exercise can help reduce stored fat. Also, after age 40, when men‘s and women‘s hormones start to change, men tend to get fat around their stomachs, and women get it around their hips and thighs.
Potential Consequences of Excess Body Fat
This is a growing cause for concern because obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.
Obesity can lead to a reduced quality of life, poorer mental health outcomes, and obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, it is a leading cause of death worldwide for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes. All of these potential complications have the ability to reduce a person‘s life expectancy. Therefore, obesity is a medical condition that is studied by many researchers.
As was mentioned before, fat is essential for producing a number of hormones that affect a person‘s body. If there is an excess or a lack of these hormones, it can lead to negative effects that prevent the body from functioning properly. Additionally, studies have found that having too much body fat, especially abdominal fat, can throw the normal balance and function of these hormones off. Furthermore, body fat, specifically visceral fat, plays a role in the release of cytokines. Cytokines are a broad category of proteins that are involved in cell signaling and they have the potential to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Visceral fat is also directly associated with higher levels of LDL cholesterol, lower levels of HDL cholesterol, and insulin resistance. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol“ while HDL is referred to as “good cholesterol.” High levels of LDL cholesterol can block arteries and lead to heart attacks and other complications. When cells do not properly respond to the hormone insulin, it is called insulin resistance. This can cause high blood sugar levels and eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. As this shows, having too much visceral fat can have a lot of negative impacts on a person‘s health.
Body Fat Percentage Calculation
Body fat percentage (BFP) formula for adult males:
BFP = 1.20 × BMI + 0.23 × Age – 16.2
Body fat percentage (BFP) formula for adult females:
BFP = 1.20 × BMI + 0.23 × Age – 5.4
Body fat percentage (BFP) formula for boys:
BFP = 1.51 × BMI – 0.70 × Age – 2.2
Body fat percentage (BFP) formula for girls:
BFP = 1.51 × BMI – 0.70 × Age + 1.4