End Of Days: Study Shows Little Girls Are Reaching Puberty As Early As 7-Years-Old

- By Bossip Staff

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A recent study shows that little girls are reaching puberty at an extremely young age:

The changes in Kiera’s body scared her parents. Though the 8-year-old seemed her usual chipper self, she’d started to develop headaches and acne. More alarming to her mom, Sharon, were the budding breasts on Kiera’s thin little chest. “I thought, she’s too young,” remembers the Pittsburgh mom. “She’s still fearful about sleeping by herself. An 8-year-old just isn’t mature enough to handle this.” For Kiera, whose last name is being withheld to protect her privacy, it was all so embarrassing. None of her friends seemed to be experiencing what she was. When they asked about the acne and her expanding chest, Kiera was evasive. “I didn’t want to tell them what was going on,” says the Pittsburgh girl, now age 9. “So I had to kind of lie to them.”

When Kiera’s parents took their daughter to the doctor, he assured them that nothing was wrong with the girl. Kiera was simply starting puberty early.

As it turns out, puberty at age 7 or 8 isn’t so unusual these days. A new study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, shows that more American girls are maturing earlier and earlier. Typically, U.S. girls hit puberty around age 10 or 11.

Exactly what this shift means for girls isn’t clear yet — either on a group or individual level. But there are budding concerns. For instance, studies have linked an early start to menstruation with an elevated risk of breast cancer. And other research has shown that girls who go through puberty early tend to have lower self-esteem and a poor body image. They are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors which can result in unplanned pregnancies, experts say. The study revealed a surprisingly large bump in the number of girls going through puberty between the ages of 7 and 8. For example, the researches found that 10 percent of 7-year-old white girls had some breast development as compared to 5 percent in a study published in 1997. Similarly, 23 percent of the 7-year-old black girls had started puberty as compared to 15 percent in the 1997 study.

Nobody’s sure what is driving the declining age of puberty. But the rise in obesity could be at least partly to blame, says the study’s lead author, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Back in the 1700s, girls didn’t start to menstruate till they were 17 or 18, Garibaldi says. That had a lot to do with malnutrition. The assumption is that the steady decline in age since then has to do with more abundant food.

There may be other environmental factors at work, too, says Dr. Stanley Korenman, an endocrinologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

For example, Korenman says, environmental exposure to estrogens in plastics, chemicals and foods has been going up. “And estrogens do stimulate breast development,” he adds.

Until we know what the cause is, the best way to slow puberty may be to “start living green,” says Biro. “It may help for families eat together and to consume well-balanced diets. Regular physical activity may help, too.” Another finding from the study may back that concept up. The rate of early puberty was much lower in the San Francisco group: 7 percent among white 7-year-olds from northern California versus 14 percent among Ohioans of the same age. Among black 7-year olds, 27 percent of Californians hit puberty early as compared to 31 percent of the New Yorkers.

Wow. This is crazy. All those hormones and steroids they’re injecting into food….please parents, watch what you are feeding your children. This sh*t is real…

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  • uh huh!

    Where have they been! Little black girls have been reaching puberty at the age of 5 then!

  • noniya

    it’s the hormones in the meat plus obesity. But let the government and the food industry tell it these hormones and antibiotics aren’t harmful at all to us. I guess getting your period at 6 or 7 is not considered harmful. especially if you ain’t white!

  • lilbabiphat2004

    trust me its in the food eat and water we drink. trust! i was already a B cup by the time i turned 9

  • THE REAL DEAL

    Stop feeding your children processed food and you would not have this problem. I see kids down more boxed and plastic contained food then actually fresh food. Especially black kids in DC and MD, its a shame.

  • Allie

    like noniya and lilbabiphat2004 mentioned it is due to what’s in our food and water, fortunately i didn’t hit puberty till i was around 11 or 12, the hormones they’re putting in our meats and milks are definitely the cause

  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    Healthy eating and exercise in school is whats its about.. they need to go back to the old ways!

  • LYRICS

    i agree it’s in thee food b/c my lil’ sis is 6 n’ she already has hips n’ an azz that is no joke!!!!

  • obsessed

    I Had my period the day befor my 10th birthday. by the time I was 9 I already had breast almost a c cup.

  • STAR

    SCARY!

  • !!!!!

    I CAN TELL MY NIECE 8 AND LOOK LIKE SHES GONNA START ANYDAY NOW.

  • ladybug

    Cow’s milk is a very big factor all the hormones given to cows to make them produce more milk at a faster capacity is effecting people who drink milk also causing the multiple births that are happening more now than ever.

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  • Sha

    I would say it’s the end of days…

    Like you said with all these hormones injected into food not to mention processed foods, it was inevitable…

    Maybe we’re evolving…

    2012 af

  • Sha

    2012 after party at my house. lol be there!😛

  • Sha

    *Wouldn’t say*

  • Claire

    Wow, Too much Chemicals, and hormone, because I wasn’t raised in the States I reached womanhood around age 13 or 14. They are slowly killing you sukkaz, and its not cute to have these grown men breaking their necks to look at these young girls, its very disturbing.

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  • J

    lol @ Sha…i’m there

  • sukanya

    sha im there too

  • DaJSUDiva95

    I’m 33 and I went thru puberty at the age of 6 going on 7..was wearing a brat in the 1st and 2nd grades and not a training bra at that…started the cycle at age 9..so this is nothing new just more prevelent now and people are paying more attention..

  • !!!!!

    I WAS 11 I WAS MAD TO I WANTED TO BE ATLEAST 13.

  • 2dimplzs

    My 8 year old is also going through this. It’s scary but I knew what it was the minute I started smelling her pits and saw little hairs growing. My girlfriend’s daughter got her period when she was in 3rd grade. SMH………

  • Glok....!!

    MAN WHEN I WAS IN THE ATL I MET THIS FULLY DEVELOPED GAL AND SHE WAS THICK…BIG TITS AZZ HIPS AND SHAPE LIKE A WOMEN ,..I ASK HER HER AGE THE CHILD SAID 15 I JETTED FROM HER AZZ ..IN THE BACK OF MY MIND I WISH I WAS A 16 CUZ I WOULDA FUK HER SILLY …ITS IN THE MILK PPL… AND IN THSE FAST FATTY FOODS GOT THEM LOOKING LIKE THAT ,..ALOTTA ESTROGEN

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