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Is there such a thing as big boned?
« on: 29/12/2008 14:37:25 »
Any fan of South Park knows that Eric Theodore Cartman isn't fat. He's big boned. But do some people actually have bigger bones than others? I mean bigger as in thicker. Or is it just used as an excuse to be a fat ba***rd?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 29/12/2008 16:02:08 »
In acromegaly the bones are bigger (longer and thicker)...



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As compared with the hand of a normal person (left), the hand of a patient with acromegaly (right) is enlarged
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly
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« Reply #2 on: 29/12/2008 18:36:59 »
It was actually big hands and fingers that got me wondering. I know an Irishman whose hands are enormous and he's got fingers like sausages.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 29/12/2008 22:54:08 »
Do they intake extra calcium and absorb extra vitamin D?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 30/12/2008 01:22:16 »
I know an Irishman whose hands are enormous and he's got fingers like sausages.

If he is an adult whose hands are continuing to grow then this may be of interest ...

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Handshake diagnosed brain tumour 
 
A GP diagnosed a rare brain tumour just by shaking a man's hand.
Mark Gurrieri, 36, from Loughton, Essex, was working in a restaurant when a friend introduced him to his dining partner, Dr Chris Britt.

The GP said he knew something was wrong when he shook Mr Gurrieri's large, spongy feeling hand.

Mr Gurrieri underwent tests and was found to have acromegaly - caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland which leads to excess growth hormone.

The condition is seen in just three people per million, and can have serious effects if left undiagnosed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7246419.stm

 
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« Reply #5 on: 30/12/2008 05:21:53 »
Any fan of South Park knows that Eric Theodore Cartman isn't fat. He's big boned.
How do you know that?
That article was really interesting, thanks for bringing it up RD.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 30/12/2008 12:43:36 »
RD - I've known him for many years and his hands have always been huge. He erects fences for a living.
 

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