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Anorexia Delayed Puberty
Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more
Around puberty age: Boys who don't have evidence of puberty by age 13-14 should be evaluated by their doctors. A pediatric endocrinologist can help. If boys are known to have hypogonadism for any reason, they will need testosterone supplementation to go thru puberty. Not infrequently, constitutional delay of puberty may also require a jump start with low dose testosterone for some months. ...Read more
If you develop anorexia before puberty (causing delayed puberty), after recovery, will your breasts ever reach their full potential size?
Depends: If they are late bloomers they would tend to enter puberty with less intensity & prolong the process from start to finish. An x-ray of the wrist/hand can identify "bone age" which is might show a BA of 14 in a 18 yo late bloomer. If the growth centers are open they can continue to grow until they close.If you are just hoping for more growth & the growth centers are closed you are done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not if recovered: Breast growth occurs in response to your hormone levels (estrogen, Progesterone in pregnancy). If you have recovered to a degree that your caloric intake is adequate, your hormonal levels should return to normal, and nascent bresast tissue will develop (it can be like going through puberty 20 yeasr too late). If despite good diet, you arent seeing any growth, check hormone levels. ...Read more