|I was pretty excited when I saw this on the BE board today. If this is correct, then I am only 1% from being in a normal body fat range. Wow! 1% is only 1.7 pounds. Heck, call it 2 pounds of fat. I have never been within 1% of a healthy goal before. How cool is that?
What is a Healthy Body Fat Percentage?
Age-Adjusted Body Fat Charts for Men and Women
If you look around the Internet, you will see a lot of different recommendations for body fat percentages. As far as I can tell, this is the most authoritative, as it is based on World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health recommendations, and takes age into account. Please do not confuse these numbers with the BMI (Body Mass Index) scores, which are not the same thing.
|20-40 yrs||Under 21%||21-33%||33-39%||Over 39%|
|41-60 yrs||Under 23%||23-35%||35-40%||Over 40%|
|61-79 yrs||Under 24%||24-36%||36-42%||Over 42%|
|20-40 yrs||Under 8%||8-19%||19-25%||Over 25%|
|41-60 yrs||Under 11%||11-22%||22-27%||Over 27%|
|61-79 yrs||Under 13%||13-25%||25-30%||Over 30%|
Source: Gallagher et al. Am J Clin Nut 2000; 72:694-701