The percent body fat can be used to classify adults. This may be superior to the body mass index (BMI) which can give misleading results in healthy individuals.
(2) percent body fat
Percent Body Fat in an Adult Male
2 - 5%
6 - 13%
14 - 17%
18 - 24%
Percent Body Fat in an Adult Female
10 - 13%
14 - 20%
21 - 24%
25 - 31%
A percent body fat below the essential category is unhealthy and is associated with cachexia.
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