The new connection between obesity and puberty - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

The new connection between obesity and puberty

Does it seem like little girls are growing up faster than they used to?      

A study in ‘Pediatrics' says body weight is playing into that, a lot. The study comes from Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where researchers followed 1,200 girls through adolescence, starting at age 6 or 8, from all areas of the country.         

They found many who were really overweight, began developing breasts, in as early as the second grade. And even those who fell into the normal weight category started developing in the fourth grade.        

The study in the journal ‘Pediatrics' says a lot of factors can trigger an early puberty, including certain chemicals in food and water, but body weight appears to be the single biggest reason for early onset puberty.

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