# Body Analysis Part II

Body Analysis Part II – Does this even matter?

Nope. It doesn’t matter at all if we’re talking about BMI.

What is BMI? Your Body Mass Index, or even more simply, the amount of mass (lbs) distributed on your frame (height). It’s easy to find out what your specific BMI is. All you have to know is your height and your weight offhand, be able to type the letters B-M-I into google,  and choose one of a bazillion sites that will offer to calculate it for you.

BMI=mass(kg)/height(m)

So, of all of the calculations we receive from running a body analysis, why is BMI one trainers generally don’t care about? Well, because all it really tells you is what it proposes your “thinness”, or your “thickness” to be based off that equation, and can sometimes be misleading as it disregards other relevant characteristics.

Most BMI charts, as well as our InBody results, will tell you what range your BMI falls into: Underweight, Healthy, Overweight, or Obese. And while you may be curious where you fall, these results can also be severely misleading when you take into account that the equation for BMI does not factor in lean body mass (muscle, bone density, etc), nor fat body mass (the amount of fat lbs. on your body).

Let’s use an example. Have you ever seen an Olympic gymnast? Someone like Shawn Johnson, or Simone Biles? These women are incredibly petite (under 5 feet tall), and incredibly strong (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check out a photo). Often times when measuring the BMI of someone like this, the results will fall in the Overweight category, sometimes even Obese! It seems absurd to call an Olympic athlete obese, yet because muscle is denser than fat (ergo it weighs more than fat), when you divide their incredible strength in weight, by their teensy height, you’re told that they are quite thick and therefore must be overweight when it simply isn’t true.