Acceptable Body Measurements


Listening to health professionals of all walks of life, one would think an average person was morbidly obese, failing to achieve any measure of health, each and every one of us the epitome of laziness and sloth.

Throughout the years, I’ve done quite a bit of research on health, meaning exercise, fitness, eating, low carb, low salt, footwear, height, weight and body measurements.  Not to mention lab work, tape measures, scales and so on. There is so much more to take into consideration, such as activity level, fitness, weight lifting, aerobic activity, not to mention health issues, such as in my case-organ transplant, medications and side effects, ability to exercise. I do what I can and am quite proud of what I have achieved.

BMI measurements is a great place to start, such as the CDC’s BMI Calculator . But all they do is measure height to weight, which as they measure me as 28.2, their classification is overweight. Their ideal weight for me is 118 to 159. That is so unrealistic for a middle age man with health and medication issues. 118 pounds? They are out of their god-given minds. That doesn’t take into account exercise, fitness, body shape, weight lifting and so forth.

I was curious what an acceptable body fat percentage was. I found a Body Fat Calculator which put me at 20% body fat.  What is an acceptable body fat percentage? From the chart below, I found I’m directly in the ideal range. I wish more health care professionals took the time to discuss this with clients and patients. The US Navy also has a body fat calculator, and also puts me at 20%, which is acceptable.

Now I wondered, what about my shape? My neck is 16, chest is 42″, waist is 36, hips are 39. This puts in me in the average category. Next, i wondered about frame size? Over on HealthStatus.com  they have such a calculator. Put in your wrist width (7″ for me) and elbow width (3″ for me) puts me at a large frame. I’m pretty comfortable with my body now that the research backs it all up.

Do your own research about your BMI, Body Fat, Body Measurements to get your own peace of mind.

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