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Does ethnicity affect the onset of puberty?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The onset of puberty may be related to ethnicity, especially in girls. Caucasian girls tend to begin puberty later than Mexican-American and African-American girls. Puberty typically starts later for Asian-American girls than the other listed ethnicities. Body mass index difference may be the cause for this difference, although environment and genetics could also be related.

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