top of page

The Vital Role of Body Composition Analysis in Healthcare


In healthcare, there has recently been a shift towards more personalised and preventive treatment plans. Central to this is the recognition of body composition as a critical determinant of overall health. Body composition analysis goes beyond metrics like weight and the Body Mass Index (BMI), considering the weight distribution of an individual and its relationship to their health risk. This blog will explore the significance of body composition analysis in healthcare, and the transformative impact it can have on patient care.

medical equipment

Understanding Body Composition:

Body composition refers to the proportion and location of different parts of the body —such as muscle, fat, bone, and water. Unlike simple measures like weight or BMI, body composition analysis provides an improved understanding of an individual's health by differentiating between the distribution of lean mass and fat mass.

Applications in Clinical Practice:

Precision in Health Assessment:

  • Body composition analysis allows healthcare professionals to move beyond the broad strokes of weight-related metrics. For example,  it means individuals like bodybuilders or athletes who would be classified as obese using BMI due to their excess muscle, are more accurately evaluated. This precision is invaluable in identifying potential health risks and tailoring interventions accordingly.

Risk Stratification:

  • The distribution of fat, especially visceral fat, has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases, including metabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes (Neeland et al., 2019). This more dangerous fat is usually located in the abdomen and poses a greater risk than fat around the thighs or buttocks (Syme et al., 2008). By employing body composition analysis, healthcare providers can distinguish between these types of fat and to better stratify individuals based on their susceptibility to illness. 

Monitoring Chronic Conditions:

  • For patients needing to manage chronic conditions, regular body composition assessments offer a dynamic tool for monitoring disease progression and treatment efficacy. Any changes in body composition can serve as early indicators of response to interventions.

Evaluating Nutritional Status:

  • Body composition analysis aids in evaluating nutritional status, helping healthcare professionals design personalised dietary plans. It enables the identification of conditions like malnutrition or sarcopenia (Nishigori et al., 2020), guiding interventions to optimise nutrient intake and support overall health.

Technological Advancements:

Advancements in technology have significantly enhanced the accuracy and accessibility of body composition analysis. Techniques such as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) help to facilitate a deeper understanding of an individual's body composition. New Body composition devices such as smart scales and apps such as BVI Pro or myBVI also mean accessible, remote and low-cost ways to monitor weight distribution are now available. 



Conclusion- The Patient-Centric Approach:

Body composition analysis fosters a patient-centric approach to healthcare. By providing individuals with a comprehensive understanding of their body composition, healthcare professionals empower patients to actively participate in their health management. This collaborative model promotes informed decision-making, adherence to treatment plans, and a sense of ownership over one's well-being.


Neeland, I. J., Ross, R., Després, J. P., Matsuzawa, Y., Yamashita, S., Shai, I., ... & Eckel, R. H. (2019). Visceral and ectopic fat, atherosclerosis, and cardiometabolic disease: a position statement. The lancet Diabetes & endocrinology, 7(9), 715-725.

Nishigori, T., Obama, K., & Sakai, Y. (2020). Assessment of body composition and impact of sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity in patients with gastric cancer. Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 5.

Syme, C., Abrahamowicz, M., Leonard, G. T., Perron, M., Pitiot, A., Qiu, X., ... & Pausova, Z. (2008). Intra-abdominal adiposity and individual components of the metabolic syndrome in adolescence: sex differences and underlying mechanisms. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 162(5), 453-461.


About BVI

BVI (Body Volume Index) revolutionizes body composition analysis. Our advanced technology provides precise measurements of total body fat, visceral fat, and key ratios. With BVI, industries like healthcare, fitness, and insurance can personalize services and optimize outcomes. Unlock data-driven insights for optimal well-being. Trust BVI for advanced body composition analysis.

Follow Us On

  • Instagram BVI
  • Twitter BVI
  • Facebook BVI
  • LinkedIn BVI

BVI Solutions

Our API can provide a range of easily-integrated solutions for different sectors...

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Thanks for joining our mailing list!

bottom of page