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Obesity and Weight Management

Thyroid

04/10/2008

Question:

my son is 11 and he weighs196 could it be his thyroid?

Answer:

Although many people think of the thyroid when they develop a weight problem, it is actually a very rare cause of weight gain. Your doctor can examine your son and test him, if necessary. Far more common is high caloric intake from foods and beverages combined with increased sedentary activity, such as TV, computer, and video games. These lifestyle choices interact with the family genetic tendencies to cause excess body weight.

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Response by:

Robert D Murray, MD Robert D Murray, MD
Clinical Professor of Health Behaviors & Health Promotion
Retired Professor of Human Nutrition
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University