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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 fat levels.
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 available, but they can be harder to find and can cost a lot. They include:
The results of a body fat test give an estimate of how much of your body weight comes from fat.
But body fat percentage is not the best way to measure your risk for weight-related diseases. Your doctor may suggest checking your BMI (body mass index) and your waist size instead. A higher BMI or waist size may mean that your weight is raising your risk for health problems.
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Current as of: December 11, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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