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If my child is anorexic will she have delayed onset of puberty?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Anorexia

More than likely if it is not corrected.
The body needs a certain mass to proceed through puberty.

In brief: Anorexia

More than likely if it is not corrected.
The body needs a certain mass to proceed through puberty.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: She might

Underweight patients may not have enough body fat to manufacture the hormones required for puberty.
Patients with eating disorders who are already in puberty are at risk for losing final height potential because their growth plates may continue to mature without the benefit of growth as long as nutrition is suboptimal.

In brief: She might

Underweight patients may not have enough body fat to manufacture the hormones required for puberty.
Patients with eating disorders who are already in puberty are at risk for losing final height potential because their growth plates may continue to mature without the benefit of growth as long as nutrition is suboptimal.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Maybe, but it depends on the severity of the disease state and the level of malnourishment that is ongoing with the patient.
Many kids with anorexia will experience significant problems with puberty due to the nutritional challenges their bodies face.

In brief: Yes

Maybe, but it depends on the severity of the disease state and the level of malnourishment that is ongoing with the patient.
Many kids with anorexia will experience significant problems with puberty due to the nutritional challenges their bodies face.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Puberty as a transition requires a variety of nutritional inputs to support a rapid growth rate and reshaping of various body structures.
As such, undernourished kids can delay the onset of slow the transition for quite some time. Some anorectic females will never start menses or stop them alltogether until nutrition improves.

In brief: Yes

Puberty as a transition requires a variety of nutritional inputs to support a rapid growth rate and reshaping of various body structures.
As such, undernourished kids can delay the onset of slow the transition for quite some time. Some anorectic females will never start menses or stop them alltogether until nutrition improves.
Dr. James Ferguson
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