What's this? 7 & 8-year-olds and puberty?!





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Ok. Red flag! Red flag! Red flag!

It appears that 14% of all 2nd graders in Ohio are pubescent. (Note: I didn't say, "pre-pubescent".) Friends, that's seven and eight-year-olds.

There are a couple of issues at play within this: childhood obesity and environmental factors.

Apparently, children who are obese have increased hormone levels. (Fat increases estrogen production.) Because they're heavier than children EVER have been, they are experiencing higher exposure to estrogen EARLIER.

Ok, then there's the whole environmental issue.

Next, researchers "think" that there are environmental factors that "might be" complicatedly intertwined within this discussion. We're all terrified about them: weirdo chemicals in products, hormones in milk, you name it -- they're bound to have an effect. However, there aren't any direct studies proving that hormones are causing this super-fast onset of puberty.

[insert HUGE eye roll]

Allegedly, there just hasn't been enough time to confirm the potential correlation of hormones/environmental factors and puberty. (Awesome. Love knowing our little ones are guinea pigs.)

Anywho - physically, this is an issue.  Not only is there an indication that early puberty points to increased chance for breast cancer, but a seven-year-old, or an eight-year-old for that matter - is in NO way prepared or able to emotionally handle these changes.

Incredible.

And incredibly scary.

So what's the remedy?

That's the scary part. I suppose fostering a healthy food environment that encourages a lot of physical activity is a kosher place to start. But, how do you avoid all of those external/environmental factors? I'm not sure you can.

Thoughts?

7 comments:

  1. i refer you to this crazy blogger's post: http://www.twopretzels.com/2010/07/eat-organic-or-else-youre-loser.html

    i think there's a connection. i know it is ONE of the MANY environmental factors, but eating food pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and fertilizers can't be great. (and personally, i for one think organic milk tastes MILES better).

    watch Food.Inc - it will mess you up. it's a polemic...but a little polemic is good for you...then you'll make a few small changes. it's definitely an eye-opener. and i'm about the least granola-liberal-earthday-citygarden-kombuchadrinking-hippy you can imagine.

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  2. yes, this is a big factor, i've heard. Most dairy, they say, has a lot of added growth hormones so they produce more milk at a younger age...thus our little people are eating/drinking a lot of that. we are doing all organic milk for that reason.
    kk

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    jayber has left a new comment on your post "What's this? 7 & 8-year-olds and puberty?!":

    i refer you to this crazy blogger's post: http://www.twopretzels.com/2010/07/eat-organic-or-else-youre-loser.html

    i think there's a connection. i know it is ONE of the MANY environmental factors, but eating food pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and fertilizers can't be great. (and personally, i for one think organic milk tastes MILES better).

    watch Food.Inc - it will mess you up. it's a polemic...but a little polemic is good for you...then you'll make a few small changes. it's definitely an eye-opener. and i'm about the least granola-liberal-earthday-citygarden-kombuchadrinking-hippy you can imagine.

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  4. Wow. This is so interesting...what we put into our bodies is so important.

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  5. Interesting. I started early (around 8), so I wonder what this means for my girls?

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  6. I started when I was 8. I hope that Aubrey doesn't have to go through what I did... It was awful being that young!

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  7. I second the organic milk...this is the one thing that I must have organic. I should do more organic meat but no one is perfect, LOL. Hitting puberty at such an early age is just scary for all, poor things.

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