The American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM, defines obesity as a fat percentage over 25% for males and over 32% for females. Does it make sense that a percentage almost equal to, or higher than the obesity percentage is considered healthy?
According to The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT), a healthy body fat percentage range for men is between 8–22% and for women, 20–35% as outlined by ACSM. Check your percentage here. Find your BMI here.
NCCPT points out that a healthy range should not include the percentage referred to as obese. Instead, NCCPT recommends 10–15% for men and 15–20% for females. They use a grading scale analogy; “F” being obese and “A” as the percentage for essential fat, with “C” falling in the middle. An average, “C”, would equate to 12% for men and 19% for women. Ideally, as in school, most would aim for at least a C. I believe these recommendations hold incredibly high standards and may need to take muscle to fat ratio into consideration since, as we know, muscles do weigh more than fat.
In conclusion, don’t stress. Stress raises cortisol levels and causes unnecessary fat storage. Do your best, know your numbers, and find balance in fitness and nutrition.
For more information on the subject, please reference my earlier: Obesity Imbibes America Post.
Copyright 2013, Laine DeLeo, The Nutritarian™