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Something about big bones!

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Written by   617
1 year ago

I've wanted to write something like this for a long time, I always hear this phrase "I'm not fat, I just have big bones."

For ordinary people this is definitely true but let me clarify on the medical part, it's also true. Now, there are physical differences between the bones of obese and thin people, differences that can be seen through the naked eye.

You can notice how the bones of the legs of obese people are deformed; you can also notice it in the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles, but these are the changes that we see externally, Let me speak as a doctor about the changes in the internal part of the bones of obese people.

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The bones of the spine become deformed causing scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis, which are deformities caused more frequently by excess weight. Of course, they can also have different origins but in this case I am only referring to the damage caused by excess weight.

The weight that overweight people have gradually injures the ligaments, tendons and other structures that accompany bone mobility. When these structures are damaged they do the same to the bones.

Thus, the bony epiphyses and metaphyses of long bones thicken while the diaphyses get thinner. This is the initial portion of the bones becoming deformed by thickening and the middle portion of the bones becoming thinner.

Having said all this, I can conclude that, seeing the external part of the obese person, we can notice how his external figure is modified. We can see the bones that are deformed, especially the long bones of the body.

And observing the bones inside the human body, we can observe how the upper and lower parts of the bones, that is, the epiphyses and bone metaphyses, are grossly thickened and the middle portion of the long bones, the diaphyses, are thinned as product of prolonged exposure of excess weight in them.

We can also see how the bones of the spine are deformed throughout their journey, trying to balance the excess weight.

This is why the phrase "I'm not fat, I just have bigger bones" is not entirely false,  it's real but it only indicates that the person has focal bone lesions.

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Great article

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1 year ago

Well written got to know why some people they have just big bones

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1 year ago

This is good,so nice to learn all this,keep up the good writing,thanks

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1 year ago

Ah this makes sense. The weight would cause a certain deformation to help balance the weight. In my case, I usually say that I have heavy bones because my weight. I was told I am quite built :D

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1 year ago

It is the weight of fat. We carry more weight on fat around all of our internal organs than we do on deformed bones.

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1 year ago

So it's true- i used to say this a lot when i was chubby but I'm curious, do the bones revert back when the excess weight is removed and the need for extra bone support is not that much anymore?

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1 year ago

The human body is always looking for balance and if something is wrong, the systems do what they can to fix it. Do you remember the fractures? after a certain time the bone system tries to make more bone again to stick the broken bone together. You've seen? I think so. If people are dieting and not subjecting their body to more excess weight, what the body does is try to balance everything, eliminating where it can and regenerating where it was eroded. Of course, you can't delete everything. There will always be a trace of what happened there. Have you seen the forensic detective movies? I loved Bones.

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1 year ago

I'm particular about fracture damages and the traces left there even after the bones was claimed to have been regenerated but this really answers everything. Sadly i didn't watch bones. It was way too long already by the time i had interests in the medical field

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1 year ago

From what I understand, you had a fracture. If you spent the resting time and came back with movements then the bone has already joined. IF you did it right or wrong, it all depends on how you feel, if you have bumps or not, if you have pain or not. The body is responsible for bringing you to balance.

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1 year ago

So bumps can form during bone reformation? What's the indication when that happens?

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1 year ago

When you do the X-ray to check that your bone was corrected well your bill. They doctors can see if the bone formed properly or not. And they tell you at once.

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1 year ago

This is very detailed and in-depth 👌🙌

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1 year ago

Does it really seem deep to you? I wanted to make this as simple as possible so that everyone who reads can understand it.

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1 year ago