Jan 22, 2020
Early puberty is not only on the rise in girls, but the long term psychological and mental health consequences are only recently becoming clear. Dr. Frank Biro, Professor of Pediatrics, expert in early puberty, discusses with Therese exactly what puberty is, and the observation that girls as young as 7 or 8 are beginning to enter puberty. In other words, little girls in primary school grades are developing breasts, underarm hair, and body odor, much earlier than their peers. Research suggests that in some cases the early onset of puberty maturation is correlated with body mass index (BMI). Significant behavioral risks for girls who mature earlier than their peers include social problems, school failure, delinquency, depression and even suicide.
"When we looked at the contributing factors we examined, body mass index was the single most important contributing factor to the earlier age of the onset of puberty maturation." — Dr. Frank Biro
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