Body fat testing
checks how much body fat you have. It may be done to find out if you have too
much or too little body fat.
The test is one of the ways to
measure healthy weight.
People who are trying to become more
fit and lose weight sometimes use the test to check for changes in their body
There are several ways to
estimate body fat. The easiest and most popular ways to test are not as
accurate as more expensive methods.
The least expensive and most
popular tests include:
More accurate tests are usually done only at universities
and research facilities. They include:
Experts have different opinions. But generally, healthy
body fat is considered to be:
Your age, sex, and activity level will also affect your
percentage of body fat. For example, endurance runners have less body fat than
But body fat percentage is not the best way to measure your risk for
Your doctor may also suggest checking
your BMI (body mass index), your waist size, and your waist-to-hip ratio. Your
waist-to-hip ratio is a comparison of your waist size to your hip size. A
higher BMI, waist size, and waist-to-hip ratio means that you are at higher
risk for weight-related disease.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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