High body fat levels have been linked to over 30 health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoarthritis. Being categorized as "clinically obese" means that body fat is at such a level that these health problems become more of a concern. Men are considered borderline at 25% body fat and clinically obese at 30%, while women are borderline at 30% and clinically obese at 35% body fat.
High levels of body fat also decrease athletic performance. Studies have shown that high body fat levels cause decreased performance in tests of endurance, speed, balance, agility and jumping ability.
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