Body Composition


Body Composition (Body Fat Percentage)

Why measure it?

There are 1.1 BILLION people worldwide who are overweight. In the United States 55% of adults 20 years and older are overweight, including more than 20% of adults who are considered obese

There is a STRONG association between elevated body fat and increased risk of:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Developing Diabetes
  • Heart Disease / Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer of the uterus
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer

What exactly is it?

Refers to ratio or percentage of fat-free mass and fat mass.
Definition is based on most analysis measuring body composition based on two compartment models: fat mass and fat-free mass.
Essential Fat - the fat your body needs to work properly

  • For males is approximately 3%
  • For females is 12%

The rest of the percentage in humans is storage fat which is stored directly under the skin, around organs or in the muscles

Normal body fat values

  • For males are 5% - 15%
  • For females are 15% - 25%



Important: Every individual is unique and different, and your physiological makeup and physical characterisitcs are unique to you. We try to provide well-founded general information as a service to users of this website, but this kind of general information should NOT be taken as medical advice. Please contact your doctor or make an appointment with our office for medical advice specific to your body and your unique situation.