Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat as a proportion of your body weight. Reducing excess levels of body fat has shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This reduction in excess levels is not only good for adults, but also for children.
For example, it is recommended in boys from 7 to 18 years that a 'healthy' percentage of body fat is approximately 12 - 20%. In girls of the same age, it is approximately 15 - 31%. The table below shows the exact ranges.
If you would like to track your own and your child's body fat percentages, Tanita provides a range of family friendly body fat analysers to help your family maintain a healthy lifestyle.