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Average bodyfat percentage

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  • 03-04-2011 8:59pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭


    I'm just wondering what the average bodyfat percentage of Irish adult males is. I realise this might be a hard question to answer, but I'm very curious about it.

    I'm 15% at the moment and will certainly be 10% by the end of June (probably before).
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,591 ✭✭✭ambid


    That's pretty good I think. From what I've read (for men), obese is 25%+, overweight is 20% - 25%, good is 15% - 20%. Athletes are normally around 10%.

    I know Frank Lampard had 8% and that was the lowest at Chelsea.

    Women are usually about +5% on each of these (so obese is 30%+ for women etc).

    I read that online (so it may be completely wrong!) but I didn't keep the link I'm afraid. There are some good sports nutrition books out there which cover this in some detail.

    Good luck with your goal.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    Usually about 9%. So ya still got a bit of work to do to be better than average :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Hanley wrote: »
    Usually about 9%. So ya still got a bit of work to do to be better than average :)

    9% average??

    Where do you live again? I'm definitely moving.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    G86 wrote: »
    9% average??

    Where do you live again? I'm definitely moving.

    Sarcasm land.You probably don't wanna live here :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 515 ✭✭✭sharky86


    Sorry for highjacking the tread but does anyone know a good spot to buy a body fat caliper?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,591 ✭✭✭ambid


    sharky86 wrote: »
    Sorry for highjacking the tread but does anyone know a good spot to buy a body fat caliper?

    Boots sell some pretty good tanita body fat monitors which give me the same results as when I get properly measured in the gym. Also VJs in Blanchardstown usually sell good fitness equipment, but I've not boought calipers there.

    Good luck.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,333 ✭✭✭✭itsallaboutheL


    I reckon i'm at least 8million % fat.


  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭woggie


    This is the information I got from a fat loss program i'm currently following:

    It is impossible for your BF% to drop to 0. Some fat “essential fat” is necessary and required for energy, storage, protection of organs, and insulation against heat loss. Essential fat is found in nerves, bone marrow, liver, heart etc…
    Essential body fat is at least 2-3% in men and 7-9% in women. Ultimately, personal improvement should be your goal, more than hitting a number. This will be up to you based on your goals but the numbers should not only be the main focus.
    Here’s some ideas that were given by a few different sources that helped me think about what might be right for me/you with regard to age, activity, who we are etc…The average woman has about 23% BF and the average man about 17%. A slight increase with age. The average 20 year old male college student has about 15% body fat or more..The average sedentary male has about 20% body fat or more. A body fat of 25% would place a female in the average category. BUT averages are not necessarily ideal according to another source. An ideal average for a non-athlete man is around 10-14% and 16-20% for women. Below is a good idea of where you will start to see some muscle definition with these different categories. Keep thinking about where you are now and where you want to be with regard to these while looking at who you are and your own history. I will say that sky is the limit on what is realistic for you to achieve but you have to be the one who really knows your body and where you want to go.


    Extremely lean- is 3-6% men, 9-12% for women. May be lower?
    Very lean- < 9% in men and <15% in women.
    Lean - men 10-14% or 16-20% in women.
    Average (okay/healthy)- men 15-19% and 21-25% in women.
    Keep working hard at it -men 20%-25% and 26-30% in women.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,381 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    woggie wrote: »
    the average man about 17%.
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    Extremely lean- is 3-6% men, 9-12% for women. May be lower?
    Very lean- < 9% in men and <15% in women.
    Lean - men 10-14% or 16-20% in women.
    Average (okay/healthy)- men 15-19% and 21-25% in women.
    Keep working hard at it -men 20%-25% and 26-30% in women.
    Wonder what country that is, or if it is worldwide, 17% means the average man is "okay/healthy", while most reports say the level of obesity is high in many developed countries.
    this one saying in 2007 Ireland just over 60% are overweight and about 23% obese
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/the-world-is-fat/


  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭woggie


    It's an american based website but I don't know what country the studies are based on.

    I'm 5'2" and 128lbs which is well within my medical healthy range (104 - 137 lbs BMI 19-25), but my bf is 26% (according to my tanita scale) so i'm unhealthy - but to be honest I don't think anyone looking at me would think that i'm overweight/unhealthy etc ....don't anyone contradict me now ;)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,734 ✭✭✭Newaglish


    rubadub wrote: »
    Wonder what country that is, or if it is worldwide, 17% means the average man is "okay/healthy", while most reports say the level of obesity is high in many developed countries.
    this one saying in 2007 Ireland just over 60% are overweight and about 23% obese
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/the-world-is-fat/

    I think it means an average level of bodyfat for a man would be 17% (i.e. the average between very lean and obese). It's the regular, healthy range for men rather than the actualy bodyfat % of the average man (which would be higher).


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,381 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    Newaglish wrote: »
    It's the regular, healthy range for men rather than the actualy bodyfat % of the average man (which would be higher).
    Thats what I thought at first, but they went on to say "BUT averages are not necessarily ideal according to another source. An ideal average for a non-athlete man is around 10-14% and 16-20% for women."

    I would ideed expect the average to be far above ideal.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,117 ✭✭✭SanoVitae


    Hanley wrote: »
    Usually about 9%. So ya still got a bit of work to do to be better than average :)

    Make sure not to add too much muscle either - it'll play havoc with your BMI score.....


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭The Guvnor


    BF is very often underestimated IMO.

    Good callipers are Harpenden iirc but these are a bit pricey although they do come in a lovely wooden box!:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 738 ✭✭✭gymsoldier


    The Guvnor wrote: »
    BF is very often underestimated IMO.

    Good callipers are Harpenden iirc but these are a bit pricey although they do come in a lovely wooden box!:)

    I want it :D Looks awesome compared to my plastic one :mad:

    AHSB.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭The Guvnor


    £199.00 but they are afaik the industry standard.

    This is the calibration kit you can buy to keep it calibrated!:)

    Skincalkit.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭Menapians


    woggie wrote: »
    Extremely lean- is 3-6% men, 9-12% for women. May be lower?
    Very lean- < 9% in men and <15% in women.
    Lean - men 10-14% or 16-20% in women.
    Average (okay/healthy)- men 15-19% and 21-25% in women.
    Keep working hard at it -men 20%-25% and 26-30% in women.

    thats spot on for body fat % just remember thats a completely different to BMI. BMI scores are higher and BMI scors are useless if ur physically active which i'm guessing you are if your trying to get down to 10%.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    Ive no idea what mine is but Carl "The Jackal" Frampton has 2% body fat!!! I know thats incredibly low but my god what a boxer he is!!


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    Lavattack wrote: »
    Ive no idea what mine is but Carl "The Jackal" Frampton has 2% body fat!!! I know thats incredibly low but my god what a boxer he is!!

    No he doesn't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    Hanley wrote: »
    No he doesn't.

    Actually he has.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZzTobo-V88

    its 13 mins but just go to 10:25.

    You can feel free to say sorry at any time!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Lavattack wrote: »
    Actually he has.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZzTobo-V88

    its 13 mins but just go to 10:25.

    You can feel free to say sorry at any time!

    I saw that when it was on TV, and laughed out loud to myself.

    There is not a hope in a cold hell that he's 2% bodyfat. I've seen guys at 8% who are a hell of alot leaner than that. Sorry to disillusion you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    Are you just upset that you can't get your own body fat down with all your work outs and dieting is it?

    The man is a professional athlete, his whole life is boxing. Work as hard as him and you might get yours down. Don't go around discrediting people's hard work!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Lavattack wrote: »
    Are you just upset that you can't get your own body fat down with all your work outs and dieting is it?

    The man is a professional athlete, his whole life is boxing. Work as hard as him and you might get yours down. Don't go around discrediting people's hard work!

    I simply stated you're wrong, which you are. Read up on it if you want to educate yourself on the matter, or don't, it's up to you. But there's no need for personal attacks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    G86 wrote: »
    I simply stated you're wrong, which you are. Read up on it if you want to educate yourself on the matter, or don't, it's up to you. But there's no need for personal attacks.

    You go read up on it. Its you that is saying that he doesn't have 2% body fat. Prove me wrong.

    You started the "personal attacks" when you said he doesn't. Who are you to decide what Carl's body fat is??

    Prove to me that i'm wrong..... you can't just come along and say he doesn't like.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Lavattack wrote: »
    Prove to me that i'm wrong..... you can't just come along and say he doesn't like.

    I think I just did, as did Hanley.

    If you want proof then just look at the video. I'll leave it at that, I don't want to derail this thread further with nonsense.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Lavattack wrote: »
    You go read up on it. Its you that is saying that he doesn't have 2% body fat. Prove me wrong.

    You started the "personal attacks" when you said he doesn't. Who are you to decide what Carl's body fat is??

    Prove to me that i'm wrong..... you can't just come along and say he doesn't like.

    Okay, I have 1% bodyfat..... I've said it, does that make it true?

    So, prove to me that i'm wrong..... you can't just come along and say I don't like.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    G86 wrote: »
    I think I just did, as did Hanley.

    If you want proof then just look at the video. I'll leave it at that, I don't want to derail this thread further with nonsense.

    OK so if Hanley and G86 say something then thats it?? Ye are, and you in particular G86 are pathethic if you will discredit some-ones hard work and training and dieting and then not back it up.

    If you say on your blog you have 10% body fat say after 6 months training and dieting and some-one come along and says you don't you ask ask them to prove it. Enlighten me properly as to why Carl doesn't have 2% body fat.


    Ya sorry OP btw lol but it really pisses me off things and people like this.


  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭Lavattack


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Okay, I have 1% bodyfat..... I've said it, does that make it true?

    So, prove to me that i'm wrong..... you can't just come along and say I don't like.

    Not sure you meant to but you just validated my point. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,304 ✭✭✭✭Mellor


    Lavattack wrote: »
    OK so if Hanley and G86 say something then thats it?? Ye are, and you in particular G86 are pathethic if you will discredit some-ones hard work and training and dieting and then not back it up.
    Where did anyone discredit his training? They said he wasn't 2%, he is prob high single digits, does that mean he isn't in shape or hasn't trianed hard. of course not.
    He is in great shape, but he isn't 2%.
    2% bodyfat just doesn't happen in reality. People that claim those this are lying. Also, Frampton necer claimed that, Barry did.
    If you say on your blog you have 10% body fat say after 6 months training and dieting and some-one come along and says you don't you ask ask them to prove it. Enlighten me properly as to why Carl doesn't have 2% body fat.
    Boxing+at+York+Hall+FTr0sCLbf4El.jpg

    That isn't 2%, it jsut isn't. He's a great athlete, and his trainign and ability has nothing to do with being 2% or not.

    Google some pics of bodybuilders at competitinos, these guys are way way way leaner than that and they are 3-5%


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  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭Menapians


    well i agree he hasnt got 2% body fat the reason the minimum body fat a male can have is about 3% this is because theres essential fat around the organs muscles bones etc that the body has to have just to survive. id say its whatever way they measured it that they came up with that figure. some method dont have a way of measuring this essential fat. A dexa scan however does its the "gold standard" for body fat measurement. one thing is for sure they didnt use a dexa scan id say hes about 4% on a dexa scan


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