Body Composition Essay

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Body composition is one of the five health related fitness components and it is the percent body fat, bone, water and muscle found in your body. Although fat is associated with negative connotations, it has important functions in our body such as the cushioning of organs, shock absorption and temperature regulations. This ‘positive’ fat is known as essential fat, and the ‘negative’ fat is known as nonessential fat. The percent body fat is used to determine the total fat found in your body and it is based on gender and size of each individual. In the textbook “Concepts of Physical Fitness: Active Lifestyle for Wellness” by Corbin, he states that fat location influences health risk; based on where the fat is located you could be considered …show more content…
Corbin says that the more skin folds you take, the more accurate your results are, and it can help detect the subcutaneous fat.
The waist-to-hip ratio equaled to .74 with a measurement of 28 inches at the waist and 38 inches on the hips. This ratio is classified as a low risk. Waist-to-hip ratio helps determine the risk of diseases dealing with how your fat is distributed throughout your body (Corbin 2013). Waist measurements can help indicate visceral fat, which increases health risk. Based on the measurements above, subcutaneous fat or pear shape would be a better description of my body fat. The human body type can also be divided into three extreme body types; endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph, known as somatotypes (Mackenzie 2001). Endomorph body type is characterized as a person with short arms and legs with a lot of fat on the body. Mesomorph has a medium structure and height with a minimum amount of fat. People with this body type tend to gain muscle and strength easiest. They can also easily lose and gain weight. The third body type; ectomorph, is characterized as a person who is long, slender and thin with little muscle and fat (Mackenzie 2001). Both my waist-to-hip circumference and percent body fat were classified as healthy with low risk of health problems. Based on the description of each body type and my body

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