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girls with higher body mass index, may start developing breasts more than a year before their thinner friends — perhaps as early as second grade.


The study tracked 1,200 girls ages 6 to 8 in three cities — San Francisco, Cincinnati and New York — from 2004 to 2011, carefully documenting their BMI and their maturation process. The girls who are obese are clearly maturing earlier. White girls are maturing about four months earlier than in a landmark 1997 study. Other recent studies have shown that puberty may be starting earlier in boys, too.

About 17 percent of U.S. children and teens, or some 12.5 million kids, are obese, according to the CDC. On average, black girls start breast development at age 8.8, Hispanic girls start at age 9.3 and white and Asian girls start at about age 9.7.


Those who hit puberty earlier could be at higher risk of breast and other cancers because their bodies spend more years making and being exposed to estrogen. They also tend to start having sex or use drugs/alcohol at younger ages and are more likely to become depressed or develop low self-esteem.


Rising obesity rates seem to be a main driver behind early breast development and puberty. Watch your child’s BMI carefully.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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