By all means, let's include the Dallas Cowboys' Cheerleaders in this conversation about BMI. It is extremely important to be 5'8" tall and weigh 105-110 pounds. That is something everyone should strive to attain. That is absolute body perfection at its finest.
ONE number cannot be used to set an overall fitness criteria for employment. BMI is not the only indicator of fitness. A high BMI does give an indication of an increase risk for heart disease and such, but it is not a given. I have a high BMI, but have normal blood pressure, only slighly elevated cholesterol, no diabetes, my arteries are fine, my joints are decent; but by Ms. Yanta's standards I should be unhirable. If I were an astronaught, I would absolutely agree. I'm not - I'm an executive assistant and I dress professionally and absolutely present myself professionally. My BMI has no bearing on my ability to do my job.