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 10-10-2012, 11:00 PM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2012 Location: Tampa, FL Posts: 3 S/C/G: 220/215/120 Height: 5'1" Body Fat Percentage Calculations So I've been having difficulty finding what my body fat percentage is using the tape measure. (I know I could use calipers or water submersion for better accuracy, but I don't have them available for right now.) I've tried the Navy method - which seemed wayyy off, plus it is not as accurate. I've also tried online calculators but we all know how reliable those are. The one I think is more reliable and accurate is the Covert Bailey Formula, and the results seem reasonable for everyone in my family except for me!! The formula (for women under 30) is: hips + .8Thighs - 2Calf - Wrist With my measurements, I come to 24.75% Body Fat. But this doesn't seem right because I'm 5'1" and about 215-220 lbs. I know this test can be a few percentage points off for athlete types, but its not supposed to be this way for someone who is "obese". Any suggestions as to why this is coming up weird?
 10-10-2012, 11:04 PM #2 Japanese Student     Join Date: Aug 2012 Location: Oklahoma, U.S. Posts: 198 S/C/G: 230/ticker/120 Height: 5'3'' Are you sure you're doing all the math correctly, do you have the formula correctly copied? I don't know much about this type of stuff, but I know in math that's the cause for half of my mistakes... >.< __________________ My motto: The reason why you can't do it is because you quit trying.
 10-10-2012, 11:23 PM #3 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2012 Location: Tampa, FL Posts: 3 S/C/G: 220/215/120 Height: 5'1" Yeah, I had my dad and sister do the math and the online version said the same %. So the math is right and my sister and I redid the measurements, but I just can't believe that's the right answer..?? :/
 10-10-2012, 11:50 PM #4 Embracing the suck     Join Date: Jan 2011 Location: California - East Bay Posts: 3,185 S/C/G: 300/234/abs Height: 6'9" Wild guess but you're probably around 55-60% BF right now. Anyways it makes no difference at your current size. None. You're welcome to try these methods though ... __________________ "Getting solid information is easier than ever. Getting misinformation is even easier." - Kaplods Maintaining for two years and I eat whatever I want - just not however much I want. Details here.
 10-11-2012, 03:01 AM #5 a work in progress     Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: st. louis Posts: 1,291 S/C/G: see ticker Height: 5'6 1/2 uhhh.. i just got this on a calculator using your measurements of a 34 inches waist and weight of 187 pounds your body fat percentage we calculated your body fat using FOUR different methods. Your body fat estimates are 82.71 % using the U.S. Army body fat algorithm, or 2.03 % using the U.S. Marine body fat algorithm, or 41.27 % using the U.S. Navy body fat algorithm, or 35.08 % using the formula developed by the YMCA. i have no idea what was used for this but i REALLY hope my body fat isnt 82%..... __________________ Last edited by juliastl27; 10-11-2012 at 03:03 AM.

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