According to a study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the number of 7-year-old Caucasian girls developing breasts has doubled since 2004, putting them in line with African American girls,who develop at a faster rate.
What’s up with that?!! This gives new meaning to the subject of “early childhood development”.
Right on the heels of last week’s articles about the rise of 9 to 12 year olds getting waxing services, this is reason to be concerned.
Researchers are attributing this early puberty to obesity. Estrogen is stored in fat, and the excess estrogen is triggering children to develop at a much faster rate.
Other possible explanations include environmental exposures to chemicals, including pesticides and BPA, commonly found in plastics, as well as some personal care items.
We have spoken at length on these pages about the risks of plastic bottles, and children’s use of cosmetics at an early age. It begins with early pubescence (7 year olds are just entering 2nd grade this year people!) and the future even more complex risks are still as yet unknown.
Eating organic and hormone free foods, and laying off the plastic bottles could be a step in the right direction.
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