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Your Health Oct-8: Why puberty is occurring early

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Children are experiencing puberty at a very early age.

Recent studies show girls as young as age eight may experience normal breast development and pubic hair growth.

In fact, the number of girls experiencing early puberty in 2010 was double the number from a decade ago.

Scientists have linked very early puberty to several factors, including: society moving at a faster pace, foods filled with hormones, toxins in products we use daily, and the obesity epidemic.

Researchers say you can possibly slow early puberty by changing daily habits such as:

going green, choosing organic foods or local produce, reading product labels, avoiding items with parabens in it; that's a chemical that the body can misread as a hormone and exercise.

Experts say an active lifestyle can help your child with weight management and further reduce exposure to hormones.



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