Sunday, January 28, 2007

Range of Percentage Body Fat in Different People

I feel that it is very important to use your percentage body fat rather than weight for setting your weight loss goals and tracking your diet (or lifestyle) effectiveness. Per healthcentral.com:


Range of Percent Body Fat in Different People (Percent body fat found through the method of underwater immersion testing)


.......................Men.......Women
Fattest Covert

..has tested..........55%........68%
Average American......22%........32%
Healthy normal*:
..African-American....12%........19%
..Asian...............18%........25%
..Caucasian...........15%........22%
Top Athletes..........3-12%......10-18%
Leanest Covert
has
..tested..............1%.........6%


*The bones of African-Americans tend to be dense and so they sink easily in water. On the other hand, the bones of Asians are light and porous so they tend to float. To allow for these differences, healthy African-Americans should have a lower percent body fat than Asians and Caucasians, while Asians should have a higher percent body fat than African-Americans and Caucasians.

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