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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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Does bench pressing stunt your growth?

Does bench pressing stunt your growth?

No: It just doesn't. This type of exercise has no correlation to your endocrine system which controls growth and development. Do it right and with the right training for your age, weight and general conditioning. ...Read more

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Could smoking really stunt your growth?

Could smoking really stunt your growth?

Yes: adolescents who begin smoking early, before they have achieved their full growth, are shorter than their siblings who do not smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to many organs, including to bone, and impairs their growth. Smoking also impairs healing, and people who smoke who have bone fractures or bone surgery are very slow to heal, and sometimes do not completely heal at all. ...Read more

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Does using Accutane stunt your growth?

Does using Accutane stunt your growth?

Maybe: Until you've reached your maximum height, it's not wise to start isotretinoin. There's a theoretical risk of early closure of the epiphyses. ...Read more

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Can weight lifting at a young age stunt your growth?

Can weight lifting at a young age stunt your growth?

Not really unless...: Weight lifting is not a good idea for individuals before puberty. It is better to be your own resistance: pull ups, climbing rope, push ups, running, etc. Weight training will not stunt growth per se, but can damage the growth plates or causes a fracture to occur. Weight lifting is not a good sporting activity before puberty! gains in strength will be much less, as well. ...Read more