The ongoing early onset of puberty among young girls, particularly white girls, is cause for concern not only because of the emotional impact of trying to adjust to a new and developing body in elementary school, but also because of the concerns this non-stop trend raises with respect to unhealthy eating habits.
According to a new report published online on November 4, 2013 by the journal Pediatrics, “White girls on average began developing breasts at a median age of 9.7 years, about four months earlier than found in a separate study in 1997.”
The higher the body mass, the more prevalent early breast development becomes, regardless of race.
The study highlights the need to curb childhood obesity by removing certain foods from our diets, including trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and fast food, and monitoring the intake of sugar and other high-caloric foods.
The Pediatrics study involved 1,200 girls from the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Cincinnati, and New York City.