A 33-year-old member asked:
could teenage eating disorder stunt adult height?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Glen Elliott answered
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Absolutely: Malnutrition during a critical growth period such as early adolescence absolutely can delay height growth. Anorexia, inadequately treated, definitely can result in malnutrition. Growth occurs only during a defined period of time. Once that period has passed, one cannot "catch up, " even if eating goes back to normal.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
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