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So, in school, for fitness class, we had to step on one of those scales that measures your body fat and whatnot, and according to various things that I've read on the internet, I don't have enough fat.
I'm 5'4", 103 pounds, and I have 9% body fat. Apparently you need at least 12% to function properly and menstruate. I've been getting my period since I was 11 and I've never skipped one, ever. I've always been petite and somewhat muscular, considering the fact that I'm a ballet dancer.

Should I be concerned about my low body fat levels?

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As long as you are in good health, I don't that 3% difference really poses a problem. Many of us are just genetically predisposed to be a certain size, shape, height, what have you-- so this is not something I would worry about.

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Also, I'm not sure what kind of scale you were using, but measuring body fat percentages accurately is difficult. From what I remember from highschool, the most accurate way is buoyancy (floating in water).
So the % may not be spot on, anyway [Smile]


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