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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Obesity and Weight Management
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.
The Body Composition Percent Body Fat Standard Values for your age group (Women age 50-59) are as follows:
- High: <18
- Above Average: 19-22
- Average: 23-31
- Below Average: 32-34
- Low: 35>
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.
Angela Blackstone, RD, LD
Center for Wellness and Prevention
School of Allied Medical Professionals
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University