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What is the correlation between body fat and body weight?

Neal Spruce
Neal Spruce on behalf of dotFIT
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Body fat is the portion of your total weight that is fatty (adipose) tissue. Body weight includes body fat and all other components of your body including bone, organs, fluid, muscle, etc. Body fat is typically shown as a percentage of your total weight. For example, someone weighing 200 lbs with 20% body fat has ~40 pounds of fat (20% of 200=40).
Because of individual differences in muscularity, your fitness level is generally defined better by your percentage of body fat rather than body weight, including where you store most body fat, such as hips or abdomen.

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