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04 November 2013

Obesity predictor of early puberty in girls

New research shows obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls, affecting white girls much sooner than previously reported.

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Girls with earlier maturation are at risk for a multitude of challenges, including lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression, norm-breaking behaviours and lower academic achievement. Early maturation also results in greater risks of obesity, hypertension and several cancers – including breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer.

 
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