Body Fat Statistics

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Statistic Verification
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Date Verified: 7.28.2013
The body fat percentage is the total mass of fat divided by total weight. Body fat is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions. The percentage of essential body fat for women is greater than that for men, due to the demands of childbearing and other hormonal functions. The percentage of essential fat is 2–5% in men, and 10–13% in women. Your body fat percentage should be taken into account when determining your health, not just your weight on the scale.
Body Weight StatisticsData
Percent of adult U.S. population that is overweight68 %
Percent of adult U.S. population that is obese34 %
Average amount of life years lost by being severely obese9 years
Average increase in health care expenditure for an obese person25 %
The following is the medically recommended ideal weight for an adult age 30
HeightIdeal Weight in lbs
5’0"97 – 128
5’2"104 – 137
5’4"111 – 146
5’6"118 – 155
5’8"125 – 164
5’10"132 – 174
6’0"140 – 184
6’2"148 – 195
6’4"156 – 205
Adult BMI StatisticsBody Mass Index (BMI)
Defining TermWomenMen
Anorexic< 17.5
Underwight<19.1<20.7
Normal Range19.1 – 25.820.7 – 26.4
Marginally Overweight25.8 – 27.326.4 – 27.8
Overweight27.3 – 32.326.4 – 27.8
Very Overweight or Obese> 32.3> 31.1
Severely Obese40 – 50
Morbidly Obese40 – 50
Super Obese50 – 60
 Top 10 Countries by Obesity RateObesity Rate
1United States30.6 %
2Mexico24.2 %
3United Kingdom23 %
4Slovakia22.4 %
5Greece21.9 %
6Australia21.7 %
7New Zealand20.9 %
8Hungary18.8 %
9Luxembourg18.4 %
10Czech Republic14.8 %

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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: August 28, 2016

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