In a recent study it was shown that girls in the United States are more commonly hitting early puberty. Breast cancer risk is worried to be higher in these girls due to this fact. For the whole story, with photos and video, keep reading.
Thirteen years ago a similar study was run and the percentages have greatly increased since then. A striking piece of information they found was that childhood obesity can actually lead to this premature development. The risks that go along with it could be severe, and something needs to be done.
Apparently there is either more of a hormone linked to development or some nutrient factors that cause overweight youths to begin early puberty. Breast cancer is linked to this because the longer an individual menstruates (in a lifetime) the higher the possibility is to contract the disease.
They studied girls at age 7 and 8 for their research and found some unnerving results. In 1997, 5% of Caucasian girls and 15% of African American girls showed development at age 7. This most recent study found that 10% of Caucasians and 23% of African American girls were at the developmental stage. For 8 year olds there was an 11% increase from 97’s study that found 18% of white girls and 43% of black girls had developed.
Becoming a “woman” at such a young age not only affects you physically, but emotionally as well. Risks that perhaps wouldn’t be taken by more mature females may also increase the risk of health problems. Dr. Frank Biro, from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the first author of the study said:
“For the 11-year old that looks like she’s 15 or 16, adults are going to interact with her like she’s 15 or 16, but so are her peers.”
Biro also continued to say that even if they look older it does not mean that they are at that intellectual or maturity level.
“It doesn’t mean that they’re psychologically or socially more mature.”
All around this seems to be an unhealthy epidemic. Now that obesity, early puberty & breast cancer are shown to be linked, we need to take every precaution to keep ourselves, and our children, as healthy as possible. It also shows the importance of routine testing and maintaining health checkups. What do you think about the findings of this study? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section after you check out these photos and video.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Daniel Deme