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02 July 2010

Age at puberty influences kids' size

Why are some children taller than others? It seems their height might be linked at least partly to how old - or young - their mom was when she got her first menstrual period.

Why are some children taller than others? It seems their height might be linked at least partly to how old - or young - their mom was when she got her first menstrual period.
 

From these kids, they selected two groups who were born to women who reached menarche at relative extremes: before age 12 and after age 14. (Most girls tend to have their first period between the ages of 12 and 13.)

The findings
 

 
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