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Study Finds Girls Now Enter Puberty Even Earlier Than Previously Thought

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  • A new study finds girls are developing breasts earlier than ever before; American boys and girls are entering puberty about five years younger than they did in 1920
  • Obesity is identified in this study as the most significant factor driving these disturbing trends in premature sexual development; overweight girls develop breasts about a year earlier than normal-weight girls
  • Besides contributing to precocious puberty, obesity raises your child’s risk for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory problems, and increased fractures
  • Obesity and toxic chemicals in our food and environment are two sides of the same coin; endocrine disrupting chemicals wreak havoc on normal sexual development and disrupt hormones that regulate metabolism
  • Precocious puberty has been associated with certain cancers, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, premature sexual activity, behavioral problems, poor self-esteem, and poor academic performance

By Dr. Mercola

A new longitudinal study found that girls are developing breasts at an increasingly younger age, which is part of a disturbing trend in the sexual development of our children. American girls (and boys) are hitting puberty earlier than ever before, and upward trends in childhood obesity seem to be playing a major role.


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