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Obesity linked to early puberty in girls

Obesity linked to early puberty in girls

There’s yet another reason to worry about the obesity epidemic among America’s kids: Extra weight may be sending U.S. girls into puberty earlier than ever.

Researchers have found that girls with higher body mass index, a ratio of height and weight, may start developing breasts more than a year before their thinner friends perhaps as early as second grade.

The change is spawning a whole new market of child sized sanitary pads decorated with hearts and stars and deodorants aimed at 8 to 10 year olds, according to a new study and an editorial published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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