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Machine says I'm 25% body fat

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    I'm 17 and male, and I used one of those electronic Height, Weight, BMI, Body Fat machines and I'm very suprised at the reading. I wore shoes (converse type shoes so they're quite flat), and a hoodie, so that make mess it up a little. Anyway, it said I was 8 stone 10 pounds, or 120 pounds, and 5'7, so I had a BMI of 19.2. Then it said place your hands on handles to calculate body fat, so I did, and it came up as I was 25% body fat, which, is technically nearing obease.

    I don't think I have much body fat, and I'm suprised at the reading, would wearing a hoodie have messed it up? I just can't see how I'm 25% body fat, I look pretty thin, the only thing I would say is I don't have much muscle, but my stomach or arms don't look flabby or anything. Would wearing a hoodie have made any difference?
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    Get a proper test ffs!

    Or post a pic.
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    It doesn't sound right. Your BMI is pretty normal; if it's anything it's on the low side of normal (but still fine). I don't think there's any cause for concern.
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    I'm about 5% fat! Give me your flab
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    Congratulations you are the same percentage fat as a crisp. (I think the test may be wrong)
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    (Original post by sussexy)
    Get a proper test ffs!

    Or post a pic.
    Because a pic would help us determine his body fat percentage?

    Fool.
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    (Original post by Diaz)
    Because a pic would help us determine his body fat percentage?

    Fool.
    If he was naked enough, we could tell if he had anything to be concerned about.
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    That is almost definatly wrong. I am 5'6.5 and am 9 stone exactly, so a bit heavier than you. When I last did one of these things (admittedly I was a BIT slimmer than now, but not much), I came out with 11% body fat. I can't see how anyone that is 5'7 and 120 pounds could be nearing obese. I'd try another machine.
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    The BF thing is flawed, according to it i've got 50-something % bodyfat, which makes me seriously obese. (I'm 12 stone and 6' 1")

    However the BMI calculator says i'm underweight.

    They shouldn't be taken seriously.
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    Post a picture or somthing, but yeah they are known to be innacurate
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm 17 and male, and I used one of those electronic Height, Weight, BMI, Body Fat machines and I'm very suprised at the reading. I wore shoes (converse type shoes so they're quite flat), and a hoodie, so that make mess it up a little. Anyway, it said I was 8 stone 10 pounds, or 120 pounds, and 5'7, so I had a BMI of 19.2. Then it said place your hands on handles to calculate body fat, so I did, and it came up as I was 25% body fat, which, is technically nearing obease.

    I don't think I have much body fat, and I'm suprised at the reading, would wearing a hoodie have messed it up? I just can't see how I'm 25% body fat, I look pretty thin, the only thing I would say is I don't have much muscle, but my stomach or arms don't look flabby or anything. Would wearing a hoodie have made any difference?
    That machine must be way off, unless you completely lack muscle and organs and have adipose tissue in their place.
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    I think the test is wrong too lol, just get another one...on a different machine
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm 17 and male, and I used one of those electronic Height, Weight, BMI, Body Fat machines and I'm very suprised at the reading. I wore shoes (converse type shoes so they're quite flat), and a hoodie, so that make mess it up a little. Anyway, it said I was 8 stone 10 pounds, or 120 pounds, and 5'7, so I had a BMI of 19.2. Then it said place your hands on handles to calculate body fat, so I did, and it came up as I was 25% body fat, which, is technically nearing obease.

    I don't think I have much body fat, and I'm suprised at the reading, would wearing a hoodie have messed it up? I just can't see how I'm 25% body fat, I look pretty thin, the only thing I would say is I don't have much muscle, but my stomach or arms don't look flabby or anything. Would wearing a hoodie have made any difference?
    25% is average
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    Those machines are useless, they are so inaccurate.
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    the calculation of body fat is based on what it can detect in your finders nad palm of you hand, to get an accurate reading you'd need to go into one of those saline tanks where it measures your buoyancy, there is another machine i've been in at great ormond street which is weird, you get inside this capsule and jets of air measure your body fat percentage. you need a proper test, these machines are not 100 accurate, infact they are quite often a way way out from where they should be!
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    im 11 stone, 6ft 1 and 7% body fat
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    lol!! 25%, I think it's wrong get a proper one or post a pic.

    I've never tried those machines before but I got a proper one done several times and I came out around the 4% mark. Weigh bit over 10 1/2 stone now and 5'11.

    There's no way your 25%...
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    (Original post by Diaz)
    Because a pic would help us determine his body fat percentage?

    Fool.

    yeah you could pretty easily guess his body fat with a topless picture. Definatly more accurate than the electrical bf machine anyway.



    Yeah anyway 25% is average-above average, no difficulty believing that. Get a pair of calipers for an accurate reading
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    If you are worried, get a more accurate test from your GP.
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    Erm, hello, 25% is quite good actually. My body fat percentage is 29 and that is in the good category.

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