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When i was 14 I fasted for 3 days a week for 9 months. I went from obese to healthy weight losing 72lb but havent grown since.Did this stunt my growth

When i was 14 I fasted for 3 days a week for 9 months. I went from obese to healthy weight losing 72lb but havent grown since.Did this stunt my growth

Growth: Yes, this could stunt your growth and you must see your doctor about this. Unlikely to be a problem. FYI - I lived in Bondi from age 3 to 30 before getting a two year scholarship in St. Louis, Missouri. For reasons unknown I was not given the opportunity to return. Turned out to be OK . ENJOY LIFE!!! ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Can acid reflux stunt growth?

Can acid reflux  stunt growth?

Generally no: It generally does not unless someone is very nauseous from reflux and is unable to eat well and falls under the growth curve. This would be a very extreme case, in which acid is not controlled for a prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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Does weight lifting stunt growth?

Does weight lifting stunt growth?

No: Strength training won't stunt growth and is a great way to improve your health. Whether you're young and growing fast or stopped growing taller a long time ago, focus on good form and control to minimize the risk of injury. ...Read more

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Could penile injury stunt growth?

Could penile injury stunt growth?

Not overall growth: An injury to the penis should not have anything to do with overall growth of the body. If you mean can it stunt the growth of the penis during puberty, that really depends what the injury was and how extensive the damage is. If it was something minor, it is doubtful there would be any change in overall length or width. If there was significant damage, there could be scarring or permanent changes. ...Read more

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Could sleeping late stunt growth?

Could sleeping late stunt growth?

Not at all: Sleeping late will not stunt growth - sometimes sleeping late is a sign of an adolescent actually growing. ...Read more

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How does penile injury stunt growth?

How does penile injury stunt growth?

It doesnt: Injury to the penis either before or after puberty in no way can stunt a person's overall growth ...Read more

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Will drinking coffee as a kid stunt growth?

Will drinking coffee as a kid stunt growth?

No: As long as the child gets adequate nutrition and adequate sleep coffee will have no effect on the ultimate height of the child. ...Read more

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Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

No: To the contrary to the general belief, linear growth of overweight children is generally enhanced. ...Read more

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Does masturbation stunt growth/potential height ?

Does masturbation stunt growth/potential height ?

No: Nor will it make you hairy, smooth, stupid, infertile, unspiritual, an unfit spouse, impotent, or any of the other scare stuff. This might be a great time to talk with an older adult with some common sense and life experience -- maybe even your same-sex parent. ...Read more

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Can long distance running stunt growth in children?

Can long distance running stunt growth in children?

Maybe : The effect of running depends on the distance and the age of child. A prepubertal child who runs longs distances and does not maintain adequate nutrition may not have the needed building blocks for growth. A separate issue is the effect on bones as far as density and injury is concerned. Excessive running and loss of necessary body fat will interfere with menstrual cycles in girls. ...Read more

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Could weight lifting stunt growth or damage my body?

Could weight lifting stunt growth or damage my body?

Possibly: Weight lifting or any other type of exercise can harm if not done with the proper technique, stunting of growth only occurs during our growing years, and supervised proper lifting has not shown to stunt growth ...Read more

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Can you get rid of a stunt growth if caught early again?

Can you get rid of a stunt growth if caught early again?

Depends on etiology: The etiology of the growth delay determines if catch up growth will occur. Infants with growth delay (ex. Prematurity) are usually of normal height and weight by 1 year of age. The earlier the problem is identified and treatment initiated, the better the prognosis for eventual normal growth. ...Read more

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Would dexamethasone sodium stunt growth if taken in small doses?

Would dexamethasone sodium stunt growth if taken in small doses?

No: If taken for a short period of time the long-term side effects are minimal. But taken chronically it can causes changes in bone tissue. ...Read more

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Does bad posture stunt growth? Keep ya from growing to full potential?

Does bad posture stunt growth? Keep ya from growing to full potential?

No: But would definitely affect your spine, which in turn can affect your height, please observe good posturing while sitting for long periods on the computer, stretch often and exercise, good luck ...Read more