Our expert says:
The BMI is a useful tool to judge if individuals who are NOT top athletes are overweight or underweight. In your case, and for most athletes with a high proportion of muscle tissue, the BMI will usually give an answer that is too high. You would need to have your body composition measured by other means such as skin-fold thickness measurements or electrical impedance. If you live in the Cape, contact the Sport Science Institute at UCT, where they will do all the necessary measurements to determine if you need to lose weight or not, although I doubt that you have a weight problem. Other athletes such as people who participate in road marathons and events like the Tour de France would be classified as anorexic if they use the BMI as their criterion of body composition. So all top athletes need to have their body composition assessed in a sports lab, such as the one at UCT.
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