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The percentage of a person’s body that is not composed of water, muscle, bone, and vital organs

bod·y fat

(bod'ē fat)
The percentage of adipose tissue compared with muscle estimated by underwater weighing, calculating the ratio of weight in kilograms to height in meters, and/or estimating bioelectrical impedance of the body.

body fat

The portion of the human body that consists of fat. This is estimated in several ways: by hydrodensitometry, by calculating the ratio of weight in kilograms to height in meters squared (Quetelet index), and more recently, by estimating bioelectrical impedance of the body. None of these methods provides a precise indicator of body composition, but bioelectrical impedance is the simplest, least expensive, and most nearly accurate.
See also: fat

body fat

normal healthy values usually quoted for total body fat are 15% (12-19%) of body mass for young men and 27% (25-30%) for women, both increasing by about 5% from late teens to sixties. essential fat in the tissues and organs (including bone marrow, nervous system and muscle) averages 3% body mass for men and 12% for women (extra related to reproductive function); it is not a labile energy reserve, but a vital component for normal structure and function. storage fat represents the energy reserve that accumulates as adipose tissue beneath the skin and in visceral depots, averaging 12% body mass for men and 15% body mass for women. Methods most commonly used for estimating percentage fat are: measurement of skinfold thickness at prescribed sites, body density measurement, and bio electrical impedance analysis. See also body composition, body mass index, obesity.
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Skinfold thickness studies have been performed to estimate body fat in the general population because of the increase in obesity.
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Each day, the researchers measured how much fat each participant ate and burned and used this information to calculate the rate of body fat loss.
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Conclusions: Body fat percentage should be incorporated for a better understanding as well as categorising of obesity.
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Bailey explained that altered sleep patterns or sleep hygiene can influence physical activity patterns, affecting hormones related to food consumption, which can lead to greater body fat.
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