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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 haven't 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 haven't 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)

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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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

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Can eating magic mushrooms stunt your growth as a teenager?

Can eating magic mushrooms stunt your growth as a teenager?

Magic mushrooms: Magic mushrooms is the name given to the mushroom psilocybe group. These mushrooms when eaten can cause hallucinogenic episodes along with nause and vomiting etc. The danger is not stunting of growth but rather of using drugs that alter the mind, and then what does that lead to later. More powerful drugs? Behavior problems, school problems etc? ...Read more

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Hi docs, would lifting 15 pound weights at 10 stunt your growth?

Hi docs, would lifting 15 pound weights at 10 stunt your growth?

Unlikely: Lifting 15 pound weights should not affect growth. There is some concern that extremely heavy weightlifting in children can damage the growth plates, but the weights that are worrisome are much greater. The concern is around "power lifting" and not for conditioning weights as you describe. ...Read more

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Does having one testicle or one split in half stunt your growth ?

Does having one testicle or one split in half stunt your growth
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No: Our bodies are quite redundant. In other words, we can get by w/one eye, one ear, one lung, one kidney, one testicle, etc (not that we'd want to do so). So loss of one testicle will not impact testosterone level or even sperm production. Therefore, physical growth won't be affected, nor sex drive, nor fertility. ...Read more

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Does coffee really stunt your growth? I drink a lot of coffee and I'm short then I should be.

Does coffee really stunt your growth? I drink a lot of coffee and I'm short then I should be.

Hard to say: The expected final height of a female is 2.5 inches less than the average of her parents height. This is based on genetics. Poor nutrition in general, chronic disease, premature onset of puberty and other such factors can keep someone from reaching their expected genetic height. Blaming the issue on coffee intake is a bit of a stretch. ...Read more

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Does military presses and overhead shoulder press stunt your growth. (If you are 15 years old)?

Does military presses and overhead shoulder press stunt your growth. (If you are 15 years old)?

Military presses: Military presses etc. should cause you no trouble if you don't overdo things.

At 15, you are getting closer to reaching your maximum height — usually between age 15-18.

Have your pediatrician send you a copy of your growth curves — you are most likely to be on the curve or a bit taller. You should only be concerned if you are growing below the curve. ...Read more

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Does military presses and overhead shoulder press stunt your growth. (If you are 15 years old)?

Not usually: Weight bearing exercises should not interfere with proper growth providing nutrition is adequate and exercise is not excessive. ...Read more

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How bad does your posture have to be to stunt your growth? How long do you have to have bad posture as well?

How bad does your posture have to be to stunt your growth? How long do you have to have bad posture as well?

Kyphosis: Bad posture does not stunt growth. It leads to kyphosis. An abnormal foreword bending on the spine. No set length of time that causes it. It is slowly progressive. ...Read more

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Does weightlifting stunt your growth?

Does weightlifting stunt your growth?

Depends: In most, it does nothing beyond the higher risk of injury if you are still growing. If you are using things like injected testosterone to bulk up, it will accelerate closing growth centers and end your chances of getting taller. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would sleeping less stunt your growth?

Hi docs, would sleeping less stunt your growth?

Lack of sleep: The fact is a good night's sleep is essential for health. However, less sleep, especially before the age of 41 months, has also recently been found to increase hyperactivity, impulsivity and to lower cognitive performance. Lack of sleep also can affect hormones and growth. Following good sleep hygiene will help you to achieve 7-8 hours of healthy sleep. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Does gym stunt your growth?

Does gym stunt your growth?

Depends on meaning: I encourage my patients to find physical activities that they can be engaged in for a lifetime. The idea of lifting weights can mean many things. The aap and certified trainer groups recommend no power lifting until the final stage of physical maturity which is when you reach your final height. Training in proper lifting under supervision of a certified trainer is fine. ...Read more

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Help! Could sugar stunt your growth?

Help! Could sugar stunt your growth?

Wouldn't think so: Sugar is a nutrition source that can be used by the body to maintain blood glucose or converted to various storage forms in the muscles, liver or fat. Any food can be abused and lead to negative health consequences, the most common of which is obesity. Sugar would seldom be the only component of this excess. Obesity leads to decreased exercise and other health issues poor health does impair growth. ...Read more

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Can lifting weights stunt your growth?

Can lifting weights stunt your growth?

No: Be careful though. Your bones are still growing and the growth plates are fragile. If you injure them by lifting too much or too often, you could cause growth abnormalities. ...Read more

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Can too much exercise stunt your growth?

Can too much exercise stunt your growth?

No: Too much exercise will not stunt your growth. It is important to learn the basics of wt training and get medical clearance from your doctor before you begin. Careful attention should be paid to correct weightlifting form, and not using too much weight or too much stress placed on the joints. The key is to provide proper nutrition during training to give the body what it needs, esp. During growth. ...Read more

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Can a hard hit on the head stunt your growth?

Can a hard hit on the head stunt your growth?

No: While a severe brain injury in youth can affect the hormones responsible for a variety of functions, including growth, this would be less common with a hard blow to the head, in the abscence of a more severe trauma. ...Read more

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Will lifting weights at 14 stunt your growth?

Will lifting weights at 14 stunt your growth?

No: Be careful though. Your bones are still growing and the growth plates are fragile. If you injure them by lifting too much or too often, you could cause growth abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is it true that lifting weights can stunt your growth?

Is it true that lifting weights can stunt your growth?

Depends on meaning: I encourage my patients to find physical activities that they can be engaged in for a lifetime. The idea of lifting weights can mean many things. The aap and certified trainer groups recommend no power lifting until the final stage of physical maturity which is when you reach your final height. Training in proper lifting under supervision of a certified trainer is fine. ...Read more

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How long do you need to smoke for it to stunt your growth?

How long do you need to smoke for it to stunt your growth?

Just stop smoking: You are 41 years old. You are not going to grow anymore. Smoking doesn't 'stunt' growth anyway. But it is the singular most unhealthy habit you can have. You know that. Get help, but stop smoking. ...Read more