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Body Composition

Body Composition

Body composition refers to the proportion of fat, muscle, bone, and other tissues in the body in relation to overall body weight. It is an important measure of overall health and fitness, as well as an indicator of a person's risk for certain health conditions. Body composition can be measured using various methods, such as skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance analysis, and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.


  • Someone with a high body fat percentage may be at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.
  • Bodybuilders often aim for a low body fat percentage and a high muscle mass to achieve a lean, muscular physique.



  • Body weight
  • Body mass index (BMI)

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Confused With:

  • Body weight - Body weight is simply the overall weight of the body, whereas body composition refers to the proportion of different tissues in the body.
  • Body mass index (BMI) - BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, whereas body composition takes into account the proportion of different tissues in the body.

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