Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Exercise and Fitness

Body fat

12/15/2004

Question:

I am a 52 year old woman with a body fat of 21.6%. Is this a good place for me to be or should I try to get the body fat lower? Thank you.

Answer:

According to ACE (American Council on Exercise, 2003), an "Average" body-fat percentage category for women is 24-31%. Your 21% body-fat falls into a "Fitness" category, which is good.

For more information:

Go to the Exercise and Fitness health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati