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What is a healthy level of body fat?

Ideal body fat percentage varies among individuals based on gender and age. Body fat is essential to maintain life and to support neurological and reproductive functions. Essential fat for men is between 2% and 5%. Healthy body fat percentage for men is between 14% and 17%, although the average range is between 18% and 24%. Anything over 25% body fat for men is considered obese. Women maintain a higher percentage of body fat due to the demands of child bearing and other hormonal functions. Essential body fat for women is between 10% and 13%. A healthy level of body fat for women is between 21% and 24%, although the average range is between 25% and 31%. Anything over 32% body fat is considered obese for women. Body fat percentages above 25% for men and 32% for women increase the risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

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