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What is a healthy body fat percentage for a woman?

I have been losing weight and only have two more pounds to go. My scale calculates body fat and weight. Today I weighed in at 127.4 and 19% body fat. I am 5′ 8”. Is that a good body fat percentage or is it too low?

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5 Responses to “What is a healthy body fat percentage for a woman?”

  1. . said :

    I think yours is a bit low

  2. oneunotwodos said :

    Double check on Google by typing in BMI

    Sound like you are near ideal

  3. silverbullet said :

    That’s reasonable. I know several elite and professional female athletes, they are careful to stay at 12% or a little above.

  4. star_hurtado said :

    A person’s total body fat percentage is the total weight of the person’s fat divided by the person’s weight and reflects both essential fat and storage fat. Essential fat is that amount necessary for maintenance of life and reproductive functions. The percentage for women is greater than that for men, due to the demands of childbearing and other hormonal functions. Essential fat is 2–5% in men, and 10–13% in women. Storage fat consists of fat accumulation in adipose tissue, part of which protects internal organs in the chest and abdomen. The minimum recommended total body fat percentage exceeds the essential fat percentage value reported above. A number of online tools are available for calculating estimated body fat percentage

  5. Danielle J said :

    Your percentage is definitely very low for your height. I would consult with a doctor rather than these hokey answers because there are a lot of factors that determine health besides weight and height. Check out this site for tips on a healthy nutrition


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