January 13, 2012

Does Fat make you Fat?


If you are amongst the majority of us, who hates the word, "fat", here is a breather - not ALL fat is bad. There is a bit that is essential for all of us. But how much and where is something we need to know. So the best way to find it out is to see your Body Fat percentage.
According to Wikipedia, a person's body fat percentage is the total weight of the person's fat divided by the person's weight and consists of essential body fat and storage body fat. Essential body fat is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions. The percentage of essential body fat for women is greater than that for men, due to certain obvious demands! The percentage of essential fat is 3%–5% in men, and 8–12% in women.
Fat% is considered as a better mechanism to check weight, compared to BMI, as it takes into account the muscles and tissue components of a person, a factor that BMI does not take into account
Different cultures value different body compositions differently at different times, and some are related to health or athletic performance.
The table below is an indicative list and is provided by American Council on Exercise:
Description
Women
Men
Essential fat
10–13%
2–5%
Athletes
14–20%
6–13%
Fitness
21–24%
14–17%
Average
25–31%
18–24%
Obese
32%+
25%+

Essential fat is the level below which physical and physiological health would be negatively affected.
And if you want to check how much is it, check these following links - 
Simple Calculator - Just enter your weight and your waist size in inches, and you would get a relative idea of where you stand! or a more complex one at this link
So does Fat make you fat? :)

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