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Question: Excessive Weight Grain


 daisymae - Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:50 pm

My daughter just turned 17 and is extremely heavy. I realize that she probably does not eat any better than other teenagers, but when I look through past photos I see that the weight started adding up after she hit puberty. Her periods are not regular, she has an acne problem and of course the weight. Could it be her thyroid gland? Her sister who is 21 months younger it's no better, but does not have a weight issue. Neither does my husband or myself. She gets very frustrated when she tries to lose weight, because it is only a pound or two in a week which leads her to lose hope. She is 5'3" and weighs 218 pounds...please help me help her.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:02 pm

User avatar Hi Daisymae,

Hypothyroidism certainly is a possibility. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue and feelings of being cold/difficulty tolerating cold weather.

She is not particularly tall so this actually makes me think that the weight issue is less likely to be simply an overeating problem. Usually obesity due to overeating leads also to taller stature.

Another possibility would be polycystic ovarian syndrome.

I would recommend she discuss this with her doctor and have her thyroid levels measured.

Best wishes.

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