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Study: Girls Reaching Puberty as Early as 7

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If you think your daughter hit puberty way too early, you're not alone.

About 15% of American girls now begin puberty by age 7, according to a study of 1,239 girls published last year in "Pediatrics." One in 10 white girls begins developing breasts by age 7 -- twice the number seen in a 1997 study, reports USA Today.

There are some dangers involved. Early puberty increases a girl's chances of depression, drinking, drug use, eating disorders, behavioral problems and attempted suicide, according an earlier report.

Why is this happening? Researchers say the following may be contributing to the phenomenon: obesity, prematurity, genetics, too much TV time, family stress and environmental chemicals.

Get all the facts at USAToday.com.

Watch USA Today's report on these findings and learn how to can help your tween/teen adjust.


Momlogic wants to know: What effect has your daughter's early maturation had on her emotional wellbeing?


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Sarah B April 12, 2011, 2:20 PM

This comes as no surprise to me. My mother got hers at 8 and I got mine at 9. Early puberty is NOT a new phenomena!

cupcake April 12, 2011, 6:20 PM

geee could it be all the hormones from the milk and processed meats kids eat? or the soy formula which is equal to a child being on birth control pills?

(before you snark fest the above comments do your research)

gone batty April 13, 2011, 6:19 AM

wow cupcake, aren’t you a ‘cupcake’

I’m with Sarah, this isn’t really new. We, as a society in the West, care more. My family is from the East and this happens often. Little meat and diary is in the diet, and it still happens. (No soy formula either)

Carol April 13, 2011, 2:44 PM

I heard the same stuff 20 years ago in Health class in high school. Nothing new. I started getting breast after my 10th birthday.

Kristen April 13, 2011, 11:45 PM

Cupcake I agree with the soy comments….I also agree with the article. It’s sad that parents are just ok with blaming it on family genetics.


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