What is the difference between Body Mass Index (BMI) & Body Fat Percentage?


Body Mass Index (BMI) is a tool used to evaluate a person’s weight relative to their height.  It is calculated by dividing your body weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.  Body Fat Percentage, on the other hand, is the amount of fat tissue within the human body.  You can have your body fat percentage measured by bioelectrical impedance, underwater weighing, or skin fold assessment.  A healthy BMI range for both men and women is between 18.5-24.9 kg/m2.  The recommended body fat percentage for men is between 8-25% while women are recommended to obtain a body fat percentage between 20-38%.

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