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Do obese children have advanced bone ages, which lead to lower adult heights? if so, can that be corrected with weight loss?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Yes/maybe: Particularly in girls, obesity can advance bone age because of increases in adrenal androgens and increased aromatization of androgens to Estrogens through increased fatty tissue. That said, earlier puberty often ensues which further advances bone age and can limit final height potential. Losing weight may help to slow things down, at least not to further accelerate the maturation process.

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Last updated Sep 11, 2019

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