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  • BMI of 25 associated with an average of 24% body fat in men, 36% in women

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    Sunday, March 13, 2005 9:00 am Email this article
    At a body mass index (BMI) of 25, the cutoff for normal weight, men have an average of 24 percent body fat or about 42 pounds of fat, whereas women have an average of 36 percent fat or about 55 pounds of fat according to a study from Sweden. Waist at BMI of 25, 35 inches for men, 33 inches for women

    The average waist for a man with a BMI of 25 is about 35 inches, whereas for a woman it is about 33 inches.

    Age increases body fat and belly fat

    The older people get, the higher their percent body fat and the more belly fat they have.

    Subjects: 1135 people followed for five years

    The study measured changes over a five year period, from 1994 to 1999, in 524 men and 611 women who were 37- to 61-years-old and had a BMI of 17.6 to 45.4.


    “At given BMIs, women had more [body fat] but smaller waist circumference than men,” the authors concluded.

    BMI Table

    A BMI Table can be found here.


    Larsson I, Berteus Forslund H, Lindroos A, Lissner L, Naslund I, Peltonen M, Sjostrom L. Body composition in the sos (swedish obese subjects) reference study. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Oct, 28(10):1317-1324.


    Lars Sjostrom
    Department of Body Composition and Metabolism
    Sahlgrenska Academy at Goteborg University
    SE 41345 Goteborg, Sweden
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    On Mar 14, 2005 at 5:57 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:

    . . . . .

    For determining body composition the ideal measurement is to obtain a percent body fat through a Lunar scan or a water submersion measurement.

    BMI measurements are helpful but often do not tell the whole story. Muscular people may have a high BMI for example yet have a low body fat percentage.


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