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How much body fat is healthy?

An average, healthy body fat range for males is:

  • 15 to 20%

An average, healthy body fat range for females is:

  • 20 to 25%

These ranges may vary as we age but staying within reasonable limits will be beneficial to your health. Some may be able to achieve these ranges but your body mass index may be on the high side, closer to 24.9. Keep in mind that a healthy body fat is going to be very important and your BMI may be a little high, especially if you have more muscle mass.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.