Table 3.

Means and SDs of percentage of body fat for selected human groups, adults only, divided by sex when available

PopulationBody fat, %MethodSample size, n
Hadza nomads (51) in Tanzania19.0 ± 7.0 FBIA235 (F)
10.6 ± 3.2 M238 (M)
Ariaal nomads (49) in Kenya6.2 ± 3.1 MBIA49
Ariaal settled (49) in Kenya7.7 ± 3.8 MBIA52
Turkana nomads (33) in Kenya5.7 ± 2.1 MSK132
Turkana settled (33) in Kenya9.1 ± 3.6 MSK90
Urban (50) in Zimbabwe14.8 ± 6.8 MBIA103
Urban (34) in Switzerland28.8 ± 6.6 FBIA2,490 (F)
19.7 ± 5.6 M2,735 (M)
  • SK, skinfolds.