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[–] mk46gunner 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I'd wager that aside from the truly active population, i.e. those that rock climb, run, bike, hike, etc., not that claim they do, but actually participate in said activities at a competent or progressing level, outside of professional athletes, outside of ballet dancers, gymnasts, body builders, and lifters.... The % of the population that is fat is well over 80%. That includes those with acceptable bmi but have a growing paunch and stick figure limbs, batwing underarms, etc.

And the people that aren't really all that active but maintain their fitness level through daily activity and monitor their diet to be healthy are a dwindling minority, making up the rest of the non-fat populace alongside their more active brethren.

I'd say, purely based on anecdotal observations that it's probably around 80% of the population that's fat, but I could be wrong and it's possibly, saddeningly higher.

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[–] Merediana 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

8-15% bf is not normal for a women that's like athlets in competition shape and not sustainable or healthy for a longer period of time. You are most likely infertile at that stage. There are many other sources that use other numbers for women: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/measure_up_body_fat.htm http://www.oxygenmag.com/article/the-fit-womans-guide-to-body-fat-9235

I personally aim to be at 18% to 24% while 18% for me means a BMI below 18 and is quite hard to maintain.

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[–] WileyECryote 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I noticed those numbers were off. It says 8-30% for women. Anything below 14% for females is too low and they start to lose essential fat (menstruation ceases). http://www.builtlean.com/2010/08/03/ideal-body-fat-percentage-chart/

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[–] KikiCat ago 

They went to 30 % for women I think.

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[–] SpeakNoReeevil 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Mother of God, almost 90% of men are over 20% body fat. In my book, anything over 15% even is getting chubby, but all those guys can't even reach the very easy milestone of 20%.

We're becoming an endagered species, shitlords.

Edit: Also, just noticed this was already 10 years ago...

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[–] hiddencounter 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Just linked a similar study.

BMI needs to be readjusted. 28 is more likely to be obese for men now and 24 for women. That'd be 61 percent of females at obese.

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[–] 6372216? 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The level of fitness amongst the general population is appalling. With the advent of the ubiquitous internet wired and wireless, and all the conveniences it brings us to our daily and professional lives, we've become less physically active than ever before. BMI definitely needs to be adjusted down to account for the pathetic state of muscle mass in the average individual. Too many people are disgustingly fat even before hitting 25 BMI.

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[–] sexypleurisy 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I want this to happen. I'd love to be able to hit an obese bmi.

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[–] blerch 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Exactly, I was at BMI 23 with no muscle. It is wasn't pretty.

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[–] LessRealsMoreFeels 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Way more than reported. All studies are voluntary and often self-reporting.

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[–] Artie 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Something tells me this study is representative. That 90% in the study however really are a pathetic bunch of twerps.

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[–] sexypleurisy ago 

Common sense?

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[–] LspyL 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I read somewhere that atleast two thirds of the "Not fat" population is still overweight or worse by bf%. Not sure if it's accurate but it's certainly true that many, perhaps most people who are not fat are still skinny fat. Which is also bad.