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Harlem Word: Interview with Dr. Richard Younge -- Knowing your BMI

Dr. Richard Younge is a family physician at the Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr., Community Health Center in Washington Heights where he treats patients of all ages and backgrounds. (http://www.nyp.org/services/acn_morgan_practice.html)

Q: What are healthy ranges for you BMI?

A: Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ratio or comparison between a person's height and their weight. There are some calculators online, I carry one around in my personal digital assistant because it's too hard to do in your head. People with a BMI of over 30 are really at much higher risk for complications of obesity. For people with a BMI of between 25-30 we would consider them overweight and try to counsel them to try to get it down below 25.

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Harlem Word is a series of interviews with Northern Manhattan health experts, written by HHPC and reviewed by our Health Advisory Board.
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