Which conditions related to childhood obesity may be indicated by signs of sexual development at an early age?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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The appearance of signs of sexual development at an early age suggests that the weight gain is caused by precocious puberty. However, excessive facial hair, acne, and irregular periods in a teenage girl suggest that the weight gain may be caused by cortisol excess or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Obesity itself may be accompanied by facial hair, irregular menses, and hypertension.

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