A 18-year-old male asked:
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i'm 5'7 and weigh 209 lbs, and i'm 18. i have stretch marks on my belly, thighs, and back. will i have loose skin if i lose weight? am i obese?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
55 years experience Psychiatry
Obesity, Self-esteem: I understand your concern about stretch marks on my belly, thighs, and back. Weight of 209 lbs at age 18 has many health risks. Focus on your achievements, not on personal appearance. See your Physician for Balanced Diet with protein, carbohydrates, less Fat, Minerals, Vitamins starting at 1500 Cal/day; Exercise, increase pace and duration. Ab exercises will tone muscles and improve loose skin
Answered on Oct 25, 2015
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
See below: Yes you are obese. You are not likely to have loose skin as you are young and have not lost the skin elasticity that happens with age. It would be prudent to consult your doctor before embarking on any drastic measures to lose weight.
Answered on Oct 25, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Weight loss: You may be obese (I don't know if you have lots of muscle). You may develop sagging skin with weight loss. However, at age 18 your skin should still have elasticity and if you are physically active - it may minimize loose skin.
Answered on Oct 31, 2015

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