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Obesity and Weight Management

Body fat

01/14/2005

Question:

I joined a fitness center and had a fitness profile done that included a body fat analysis by calipers. I am a 52 year old woman and my body fat came out at 21.6%. Is that a good body fat for me or should I try to get it lower. Thank you.

Answer:

The Body Composition Percent Body Fat Standard Values for your age group (Women age 50-59) are as follows: 

This is from Jackson, AS, Pollock,ML, and Ward, A: Generalized equations fro predicting body density of women, Med Sci Sports Exerc. 12:175-182, 1980.

It looks like you are right where you need to be. Hope this helps.

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Response by:

Angela Blackstone, RD, LD
Staff Dietitian
Metabolic Surgery Program
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University