This really bothers me. I think that all of the hormones and other junk that goes into our food is to blame for this. You can’t tell me that all those growth hormones that they give cows and chickens have nothing to do with this phenomenon.
In a different part of the article, they say that back in the 1700s girls didn’t start menstruating until they were 17-18 years old. They speculate that back then the reason for the late menstruation was due to malnutrition. Now that food is plentiful, girls are entering puberty at a younger age.
I don’t think that an abundance of food is to blame.
I think that all the hormones and all the other crap that they put in our food is to blame. I have a 6 year old daughter and now I’m worried about her menstruating when she’s 7 or 8, instead of 10-12.
I know the inevitable is coming, but I want my little girl to be a little girl for as long as is natural. I don’t want her to go through puberty at an early age because of the food that I’m feeding her. I can’t very well start growing my own food.
The changes in Kiera’s body scared her parents. Though the 8-year-old seemed her usual chipper self, she’d started to develop headaches and acne. More alarming to her mom, Sharon, were the budding breasts on Kiera’s thin little chest.
“I thought, she’s too young,” remembers the Pittsburgh mom. “She’s still fearful about sleeping by herself. An 8-year-old just isn’t mature enough to handle this.”
For Kiera, whose last name is being withheld to protect her privacy, it was all so embarrassing. None of her friends seemed to be experiencing what she was. When they asked about the acne and her expanding chest, Kiera was evasive. “I didn’t want to tell them what was going on,” says the Pittsburgh girl, now age 9. “So I had to kind of lie to them.”
When Kiera’s parents took their daughter to the doctor, he assured them that nothing was wrong with the girl. Kiera was simply starting puberty early.
As it turns out, puberty at age 7 or 8 isn’t so unusual these days. A new study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, shows that more American girls are maturing earlier and earlier. Typically, U.S. girls hit puberty around age 10 or 11.
Exactly what this shift means for girls isn’t clear yet — either on a group or individual level. But there are budding concerns. For instance, studies have linked an early start to menstruation with an elevated risk of breast cancer. And other research has shown that girls who go through puberty early tend to have lower self-esteem and a poor body image. They are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors which can result in unplanned pregnancies, experts say.