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Girls Are Going Through Puberty Earlier And Earlier

Health & Wellness  (tags: women, girls, puberty, health, babies, research, science, study )

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Nationwide, girls are starting puberty earlier and earlier. But the real concerns begin once they grow up.

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Sheila D (194)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 2:34 pm
With five granddaughters I've noticed this to a certain extent, but also have to add that the parents make a difference in how fast, or slowly, they come into puberty. Then there's the friends factor...

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:47 pm
What about all the hormones which is in our food, and we don't even know it.

JL A (281)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:35 pm
I'm with Birgit on one at least contributing factor.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 7:24 pm
Good posting, thanks

Amy Fisher (11)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:01 pm
My niece, who is now 17, got her period at the age of NINE. I was truly shocked. Maybe I shouldn't have been shocked. I don't know for certain how much diet plays a part, but this girl has been fed a diet with lots of meat and dairy for most of her life, so I presume she also consumed a lot of hormones through her diet.

Trina Hawkins (24)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:46 pm
Noted ! Yes ,Very Scary ! I have 2 granddaughters ,one is 9 and the other 12, both are growing up to Fast ! Both are wearing bra's,and the 12 yr old has her cycle ,UGH ! Not to mention the Nasty little boys and their comments about the girls breasts ! No Respect at all ! I had the TALK with my 12 yr old granddaughter,Why? Because her mother didn't ! She didn't know what to say ! REALLY ! The TRUTH would be Good ! Guess that's why my granddaughter always comes to me with her questions about everything ! She knows I will tell her the Truth !

. (0)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:14 am
Very scary. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 9:04 am
Noted...I was 13 years old when I went through puberty...some children go through it at nine years old these days. Thank you for sharing this article Carrie...hope you are feeling well today! Peace, Light and Love.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 11:16 am
I cannot imagine being in elementary school & going through this when you aren't but only 8-10 years old. Pretty much everything happened to me when I was 12, but it came on so fast! I went from pretty much flat chested to wearing a 36C bra in just a matter of a few months. Only about 7 months after that, I got my first period. My hips & behind developed too. Don't even get me started on the perverts in my school trying to grab my breasts & my behind & saying such perverted, sexual things to me. At the age of 12, I certainly was not ready for that!!!

Carmen S (611)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 2:16 pm
Thanks Carrie for sharing this.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:27 pm
Not surprised when growth hormone is used in the dairy industry!!!! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to connect the dots. Does this puberty burst also happen with boys?

Nina L (17)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:22 pm
These are the consequences of eating meat .... and too much meat.
Children who don't eat meat don't have this problem.

pam w (139)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 10:01 pm
Body fat stores estrogen and girls today are much more likely to be OBESE!

pam w (139)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 10:02 pm those of you who claim this is due to meat....PROOF, PLEASE?

Colleen L (3)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 11:25 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Carrie

reft h (66)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 11:34 pm
I don't see much talk about our exposure to environmental toxins that act as estrogen in the body. Many substances used in flame retardant fabrics, cosmetics, plastics, pesticides, detergents and other common household and industrial products can mimic the effect of estrogen in our bodies. The CDC has linked a solvent used in some mothballs and solid blocks of toilet bowl deodorizers and air fresheners to earlier menstruation they also found it in the bodies of nearly all the people tested in the U.S.! It doesnt take much exposure to cause health effects, which may include increased risk of early puberty, diabetes, and cancer. These environmental chemicals accumulate over time and because they accumulate and are stored in fat cells, may be even more of a problem for overweight girls.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday November 1, 2013, 6:31 am

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Friday November 1, 2013, 7:00 am
So sad when children can't be children for long enough!

Lloyd H (46)
Friday November 1, 2013, 7:45 am
I have to admit that I find it interesting but not surprising that one directly linked to early onset puberty in girls and boys is not mentioned in the article or any of the comments. And that culprit is Soy and all of the Soy products added to or main ingredient in every thing from infant formula to fake milk substitutes to bread to burgers and on and on and on.

Debbie G (306)
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:18 pm
The article does mention hormones as a possible cause. I read an article awhile back about a study of the growth hormones in chicken. Young girls typically eat quite a bit of chicken. The study was inconclusive, and I haven't heard anything about it since, but It's a definite possibility, as is the grown hormones give to dairy cattle which ends up in milk and other dairy products.

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:34 pm
Lloyd, I have been waiting for the mention of soy. It has been long known that an excessive amount of soy in the diet affects hormones. Thank you all for your comments.

Debra G (0)
Friday November 1, 2013, 3:31 pm
Pam W is right. Overweight girls often get their periods early. Female gymnasts - with BMIs of 2 - are notorious for having amenorrhea. But with so many hormones being dumped in our food supplies, I'd think that contributes, too. Feminized male amphibians are becoming more numerous and widespread.

Shan D (49)
Friday November 1, 2013, 4:01 pm
"These are the consequences of eating meat .... and too much meat.
Children who don't eat meat don't have this problem." (Nina L.)

BS. I was barely 11 years old, and while I ate meat, it wasn't the same kinds of meat that's available now. This was in the '70s, and for much of my childhood, the meat I ate was from the moose my dad hunted. Oh, and I have hypothyroidism, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with eating meat.

So kindly go preach your vegan propaganda elsewhere, 'k?

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday November 1, 2013, 8:36 pm
Agreed Shan D. There are many factors, environmental and also a lot of processed highly refined foods that have nothing to do with meat. More GMOs. White flour, additives. Some vegans think everything has to do with meat or other animal problems, but if one eats organic meat with no growth hormones and antibiotics, there is no problem if one does not eat too much protein, proper servings.
Factory farming of meat and GMO veggies also should be avoided, but then there is pasta from white flour, the trend of HFCS in many foods and a lot more chemicals in the home these days as well. No, meat is a convenient scapegoat but one can eat a veggie diet and still have problems if one eats a lot of highly refined foods as well. This is a far more toxic, chemical laden world than it was thirty and forty years ago. Just ask Monsanto.

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Connie O (44)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 8:56 am
I remember when taking a parenting class in the early 90s the graphs that were showing both male and female rates of puberty as getting younger and younger. Even at that time it was mentioned as young as age 8 for females. Looking at that time frame, it may not have increased much in tthe last 20 years.

Dmitry N (222)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:50 pm
thanks for sharing

Debra Tate (17)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 2:15 pm

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:39 pm
Very interesting Carrie. Being a mother of 2 daughters, it hits home with me, My elder daughter started puberty when only 10 years. I remember so vividly her asking to be excused from class to get something. The teacher went out in the hall with her, and she told him she had forgotten a pad. I think he was in a state of shock!!, as later on he phoned me and said that my daughter was to into things above her age. I told him there were some things that she had to know about becoming a woman, like boys, and the rude remarks she got regarding the size of her breasts and she was already 5 foot 7 . She sometimes cried after gym classes as none of the other girls had reached puberty yet. My youngest started later, bit always had problems of being in great pain and never regular. Both ended up having endometreosis (sp) and had to have operations.They were born in the 70 s. We were meat eaters, but the meat was not as altered, I never had any problems, was born in the 40s and believe me food was very different back then.- so maybe hormones in the food made this difference.
Thank You Carrie. (please excuse my sp errors and some keys not functioning properly on cp.

Melania P (122)
Monday November 18, 2013, 8:19 am
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