The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

Hi,

I'm 12 years old and estimated to be in stage 3 of puberty. It said I should start losing weight, but I haven't. I've looked the same for ages and I have big "man boobs," which are really embarrassing. I also have inverted nipples. What does this mean?

Please help me. When will I lose weight!


Answer

Stages 2, 3, and 4 all last about two years each. During those years a lot of changes take place that are characteristic of that particular stage. The big thing about stage 3 is that you will be growing faster. It is because of that faster growing that you will be slimming down. If you haven't started the faster growth yet, then it will be coming soon, probably in the next six months or so.

Meanwhile, you can help a bit by eliminating the junk food from your diet, such as sugary snacks or fried items like potato chips or fries.

Inverted nipples don't mean anything one way or the other.