Puberty at age 7?

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Puberty at age 7?
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 1:17pm

The onset of puberty is continuing to drop among American girls, with many girls as young as 7 and 8 now showing the beginnings of breast development, new research shows.


Rising rates of childhood obesity -- long linked to earlier sexual development -- may be to blame, experts say.


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Does the increase in early puberty among girls concern you at all?  How old were you (or your daughter) when you started to develop?




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Edited 8/16/2010 10:48 am ET by cmamyd

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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: cmamyd
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 12:28pm

Does the increase in early puberty among girls concern you at all? === VERY!

How old were you (or your daughter) when you started to develop? === I was in Jr. High so it was around 13, I think... It was a long long time ago so I'm not totally sure! LOL

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Registered: 08-07-2007
In reply to: cmamyd
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 1:03pm
My daughter is 13 and started to really develop about a year ago, but only recently had her first menses (she also only just turned 13 last month).

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Registered: 08-24-2009
In reply to: cmamyd
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 6:18pm
Does the increase in early puberty among girls concern you at all? How old were you (or your daughter) when you started to develop?



Yes, it concerns me, particularly because doctors are finding early development among girls who are NOT overweight or obese. My daughter and I both started to develop around age 11, but her period started when she was 12, about a year earlier than mine.



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Registered: 11-16-2001
In reply to: cmamyd
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 6:34pm

Does the increase in early puberty among girls concern you at all? ~ Yes, it's very much a concern.

How old were you (or your daughter) when you started to develop? ~ I was 12 years old and one of the first ones in my year to have my period.











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Registered: 08-07-2007
In reply to: cmamyd
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 10:00am

Yes, it concerns me, particularly because doctors are finding early development among girls who are NOT overweight or obese.


iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
In reply to: cmamyd
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 10:07am
It is hard when you're one of the first or one of the last to start.



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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
In reply to: cmamyd
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 11:16am
Yes, it was pretty hard. I think I was the first in my class. It was just a very weird time, and the others had noticed it, too.