What is body composition?
Body Composition Guide: Measuring What Really Matters on the Inside
A healthy body isn’t simply measured by your dress size or body weight. You need to take note of other vital measurements like:
- Body Fat
Calculate your body fat percentage to evaluate your health.
Sufficient water intake is critical for heart health and muscle recovery.
- Bone Mass
Track your bone health density to prevent weakening of bones.
- Muscle Mass
Having more muscle mass leads to higher metabolism
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Easily check if you are in the healthy weight range for your height.
- Base Metabolic Rate (BMR)
The minimum amount of calories your body needs to function at rest.
- Active Metabolic Rate (AMR)
The total amount of calories your body needs for daily activities.
Body Fat Percentage
|Athlete||14% to 20%||6% to 13%|
|Active||21% to 24%||14% to 17%|
|Normal||25% to 31%||18% to 24%|
|Obese||Over 32%||Over 25%|
Your body fat percentage is an important indicator of how effective your fitness routine is, so make sure to do the assessment regularly!
Weighing in on ObesityPreview
- 7 BILLION adults worldwide are expected to suffer from obesity by 2025
- There are nearly 3X MORE obese people in the world since 1975
- 13% ADULTS worldwide are obese
- 2 IN 5 ADULTS in Asia Pacific are considered overweight
Diseases Commonly Associated With Obesity
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Kidney disease
Did You Know? Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight may lower your risk of contracting these diseases.
Tracking for Results
1. Manage your own health
Take responsibility and make adjustments to your lifestyle according to your body composition data
2. Track your progress
Monitor the changes in your measurements to gauge the effectiveness of your fitness routine
3. Be alerted to warning signs
Fad diets may lead to loss of bone mass or muscle mass - consult a professional if you’re unsure why you’re experiencing these changes.
Know More, Do More
While tracking your body composition may feel challenging at first, it can bring you closer to your goals by providing you with the right data to guide your decisions
Obesity and overweight: World Health Organization, 2018
Fighting Obesity in Asia and the Pacific
Health Risks of Being Overweight, NIDDK, 2015
Percent Body Fat Calculator: American Council of Exercise
Staying Hydrated - Staying Healthy, 2014