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Body Fat (YMCA) Calculator

How much of my weight is fat (using the YMCA formula)?

This calculator uses the formula developed by the YMCA to estimate your body fat percentage without calipers. Use a tape measure and enter your waist measurement. Combine the waist measurement with your gender and weight and this calculator will estimate your percent of body fat, how much of your weight is lean mass and how much is fat mass, and your general fitness category. The water displacement test is the most accurate way to determine body fat percent, but the Navy Body Fat test or YMCA formula is accurate within 1-3% for most people.

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PilatesGirl   I am 171cm tall, 59 kg, with the stats bust 81cm, 66cm, 96cm. I am not underweight at all but is am definitely on the skinnier side of body types, I just wanted to know my body fat percentage. This came up as 41%, obese?!?! Clearly vastly inaccurate, I do not look like a beach ball! - 9/7/2014 4:56:38 AM

me   i'm 14 and 5 foot 7 and 107 lbs and it said I have 5% and i'm 'dangerously low' whaaaat!? i'm pretty sure i'm like average because I don't feel super skinny, I meen obviously i'm not fat at all but I don't look anorexic which is what this suggests :3 bit confused here!! my waist is 22 inches, am I a healthy weight? - 9/2/2014 8:25:17 AM

tv marathoner   um.... they do need height. so oen of these calculators said i was obese at 31% and this one says 19% if i measure at thinnest part 28.5 (which is what women are supposed to do, only men do a navel...) and 26% measured at navel (which is Wrong) most often i get 24-27 on these calculators looking at different ones to try and get a more accurate number. i am 5' 9" 150 pounds. which means like 22 bmi. however i normally get around 26 only with ones that factor in my butt... : ) and having muscles and no fat does make u under weight btw. so anonymous under me is wrong. probably anorexic and doesnt realize it. i think personally beign younger means that having a 26% is little chubby (like as in 5-8 extra pounds, i dont know what your defention is, but that is mine). however, i have been told by people that i am not chubby at all.... ( i know i sadi tv marathoner, but i can easiyl swim a mile, did it last week, and can do a mile running in under 10 minutes(havent timed myself in a while, but last time it was like 9;30) which isnt great but i can do 19 push ups, which also isnt amazing but not overweight! or "acceptable" aka danger of over weight. sry, i like to rant. - 6/18/2014 8:04:57 PM

berrychild   These measurements are all messed up. They dont even calculate your height into problem. I weight 130lbs at 5'7" with a 31 in waist. I am very thin with a little belly fat. It Says I have 32percent body fat and I am obese. Ya'll need a new calculation!!!!!!! - 6/11/2014 12:51:13 PM

Trish   Awful!! I am 34 years old, 5'3" and weigh 110lbs soaking wet. This thing says I am OBESE! I may not be muscular but I am definitely not obese. - 6/4/2014 11:14:51 AM

Female Athlete   I am a national team athlete in my prime fitness (swimmer). I can do 60 chin ups and am lean. 5'7", 120lbs with a waist of 33 because of oblexe, it says I am obese... highly unlikely - 5/6/2014 2:17:28 PM

Matt   You're basing obesity from your BMI measurement? How do you think bodybuilders factor in with such a measurement? - 12/13/2013 9:33:25 AM

Anonymous   I got -5lbs of fat - 9/16/2013 11:36:15 PM

MaryLamb   Awful calculator. I have a very small waist with full hips and large thighs. 14%?!? No way my body fat is that low! More like 23%! - 8/23/2013 9:01:15 AM

nuttaya junhasavasdikul   I am slim with 168 cm height. - 8/6/2013 2:01:34 AM

Isa   I am very obese (BMI over 30) and this calculator tells me my bodyfat is 24% en I am 'fit'. Really? This is bullshit. - 8/2/2013 12:12:15 AM

anonymous   AGE NEEDED! I play sports for my school and I work out 6 days a week. I eat somewhat over boundaries, mostly protein, and it says im underweight which is the "Essential Fat." They should explain having some muscles part. - 1/5/2013 1:48:55 PM

Puppet   I think they should include age cause it says I'm dangerously underweight but I'm pretty average for being 5 feet 6 inches and 110 pounds - 12/17/2012 10:59:13 PM

dancer   I think they should include age in the ymca formula because it is very inaccurate without it. The formula told me I was obese when I am really completely the opposite. - 8/21/2012 9:27:13 AM

Red   This is a great estimating tool. However, add 2-5% to this when doing actual skin fold measurements. - 12/8/2011 12:58:27 PM


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US/MetricChoose US or Metric units.

GenderSelect your gender.

WeightYour current scale weight.

Waist (at navel)Your waist measurement at the navel (or belly button).

Output Fields

Body FatThe approximate percentage of your body's mass that is made up of fat.

Fat MassThe portion of your weight that is fat.

Lean MassThe portion of your weight that is lean (not fat).

Body Fat CategoryYour body fat category depends on your gender and your body fat percentage.

Body Fat Categories TableThis table shows you the Body Fat Range for each Classification so you can see how close your calculated Body Fat percentage is to the next Body Fat Classification range.

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