Check your body fat percentage

1) SKF ( skinfold ) is an measure of subcutaneous fat which is done by a medical tool similar to a pliers.
2) A direct relationship between the percentage of Body Fat on found adipose tissue and Total Body Fat exists.
3) Fat distribution is similar for all individuals of the same gender within a sample population.
4) There is a relationship between the sum of the skin folds and the density of the body.
5) Age is an independant predictor of density for males and females.
6) The SKF ( skinfold ) is not valid for obese individuals.
Warning: this body fat calculator can provide an estimate only. Although this estimate may help you determine the nutrition goals, it should not be used for important decisions affecting your health or as a substitute for qualified medical assessment and advice.
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 Calculate your Body Fat percentage ( only adults )

  Your gender:   Female  Male  
  Your age:    
  Your chest skinfold in millimeters:    
  Your abdomen skinfold in millimeters:    
  Your thigh skinfold in millimeters:    
  Your suprailliac skinfold in millimeters:    
  Your triceps skinfold in millimeters:    
  Your body fat percentage:    

  Standards for Men (SKF - Body Fat percentage)

  Rating Age
20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
  Very Low <11 <12 <14 <15 <15
  Low 11-13 12-14 14-16 15-17 16-18
  Optimal 14-20 15-21 17-23 18-24 19-25
  Moderately High 21-23 22-24 24-26 25-27 26-28
  High >23 >24 >26 >27 >28

  Standards for Women (SKF - Body Fat percentage)

  Rating Age
20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
  Very Low <16 <17 <18 <19 <20
  Low 16-19 17-20 18-21 19-22 20-23
  Optimal 20-28 21-29 22-30 23-31 24-32
  Moderately High 29-31 30-32 31-33 32-34 33-35
  High >31 >32 >33 >34 >35

  Notes about the skinfolds

What is body fat and why is it important to monitor? Body fat is stored energy. When a man measures higher than 20% body fat and a woman measures over 25%, he/she is considered obese. The higher the amount of body fat the higher the risk of serious illness such as heart disease and stroke. Because the body fat amount can not be detected by appearance, it is important to monitor body fat level.

Skinfolds Technique - how to maximise accuracy.
1) All measurements are taken on the right side of the body.
2) Locate site (mark with texta for beginners) and ensure that this is where the fingers pinch the skin.
3) Pinch skin between thumb and index finger so that a fold of skin creates an elevated line in the desired direction.
4) Clamp the calipers perpendicular to the fold and 1 cm lateral or inferior to the thumb and the index finger.
5) Maintain pressure with fingers and calipers reading measurment after 2 seconds.
6) Unclamp calipers from skin; release tension slowly so as not to damage them, then relax thumb and index finger.
7) Take each measurement in sequence and then repeat. Measure a third time if there is more than a 10% discrepancy.
8) Practice makes perfect.

Skinfolds (SKF) measurements can use the thickness of subcutaneous adipose tissue, to estimate body density; once this is known for an individual, % body fat can be estimated using normative data for their age, gender, race and fitness level. In the medical practice the emphasis is often on the relative fat% indication for specific clients (change in relation to treatment) not on absolute fat%.

Remember: the above information is for general purposes only and should not be construed as definitive or binding medical advice. Because each person is medically different, individuals should consult their own personal physicians for specific information and/or treatment recommendations.