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Is the percentage of my body fat important for health?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Body fat

A body mass index (bmi) should be < 30 for health reasons.
The two main causes of high bmi are a lot of muscle mass (usually a good healthy thing) or a lot of body fat, usually not a very healthy condition. % body fat, respectively, for women and men: athletes 14–20% 6–13%; fit persons 21–24%, 14–17%; average 25–31% 18–24%; obese 32%+ 25%+.

In brief: Body fat

A body mass index (bmi) should be < 30 for health reasons.
The two main causes of high bmi are a lot of muscle mass (usually a good healthy thing) or a lot of body fat, usually not a very healthy condition. % body fat, respectively, for women and men: athletes 14–20% 6–13%; fit persons 21–24%, 14–17%; average 25–31% 18–24%; obese 32%+ 25%+.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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