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Question: Should i be worried? Is my son overweight?


 qwerty1989 - Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:40 am

Hi, my son is 16 and i am very worried. He has been thin all through his life up to when he was about 11-12. He has steadily gained weight and is particularly noticeable around his belly. I measured him up yesterday and he is 5"6 and 142lbs with a waist size of 35" at it's widest. I couldn't believe it all, and asked him what he thought. He wondered what i was on about and proceded to go back on his computer with a Cadbury's Dairy Milk. I am very embarrassed. Should i be worried?

Thanks.
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Oct 21, 2005 1:54 pm

Your son is not overweight for his age, as his weight lies between the 50th and 75th percentiles.
But he is rather stunted, his height lies below the 5th percentile for age, giving the impression that he is overweight.
 qwerty1989 - Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:15 pm

:( Should i be worried?
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:03 pm

Well, short stature could be constitutional (normal), or could result from some hormonal or other problems. Better if you check with an endocrinologist.

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