Body Fat

Having a normal body fat percentage is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A high percentage of body fat means you are of low fitness and increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, having too little body fat carries similar health risk.

Because of the prevalence of obesity, many people are concerned about their appearance and body fat percentage. Some wonder if they have a normal or ideal body fat percentage. Knowing the average body fat percentage can give you a good overview of your health.

There is an optimal health range depending on your level of fitness, age and weight. Fat is responsible for absorbing nutrients and insulating organs, it also converts into energy in the event that food sources are limited, or as fuel during rigorous exercise.

A certain amount of body fat is required for survival purposes (3%-5% for males and 10%-15% for females).