Are children reaching puberty earlier than before?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Children are entering puberty these days as early as 7 and 8 years old. This could lead to health problems down the road. Learn about the shocking early age of puberty in this video of Dr. Oz, Dr. Corey Hebert, Dr. Donnica Moore, and Dr. Janet Taylor.

Michele Borba
American Academy of Pediatrics: Over a decade ago, Marcia Herman-Giddes, a pediatrician and now professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, noticed many young girls in grades one to five were showing public hair and breast development,” In her words, “It seemed like there were too many, too young,” and launched a major national study involving 225 clinicians and over 17,0000 girls to prove her hypothesis. Her famous paper published in Pediatrics found that our kids are growing up faster.

The average age onset menstruation is hitting girls four years earlier.

15 percent of seven years olds and almost half of eight years olds are now developing breasts or public hair.

Comprehensive data is still not in for boys but studies show that they are reaching their adult heights at younger ages, suggesting they too are maturing earlier as well. There’s no doubt about it: our today’s kids are growing up faster in many ways. The key here is to beware of the trend and get educated so you can educate your child.

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