As expected, women had a higher percent body fat than men. However, the shocking news is just how fat the average American man and woman are. The average adult female average body fat was 40%. While the average male body fat was 26%. Again, these are the average numbers, meaning many people are much higher than the average.
A body fat of 30% is considered obese and more than 35% is considered morbidly obese. No wonder we have a health care crisis! 80% of all health care spending is for a chronic disease. If this level of body fatness continues, then there will be no health to insure, just diseases to manage.
**Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90:1457–65.