U.S. boys reaching puberty earlier than ever: Study

 

Boys are hitting puberty as early as 9 years old.

Research has shown that girls are reaching puberty earlier than they used to, and now the same appears to be true of boys. Boys are entering puberty somewhere between six months and two years earlier than the textbooks think, according to a new study. In the earliest cases, African-American boys reach puberty just after age 9, with whites and Hispanics about a year later.

 

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Study: American Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier Than Ever Raising Health Concerns

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“Hitting puberty at a young age can be confusing and distressing.”

American girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever — a change that puts them at higher risk for behavioral problems as adolescents and breast cancer as adults, a new study shows.About 15% of 1,239 girls studied showed the beginnings of breast development at age 7, according to an article in today’s Pediatrics. One in 10 white girls, twice as many as in a 1997 study, showed breast growth by that age, as did 23% of black girls and 15% of Hispanic girls.

 

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Girls Reaching Puberty Before Age 10 – A Year Earlier Than 20 Years Ago

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Scientists are worried that young girls are ill-equipped to cope with sexual development when they are still at primary school.

The latest generation of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10, a new study suggests, raising fears they may also begin sexual activity earlier.   Scientists have found that the average age that breast development begins is now nine years and 10 months – almost a year earlier than a previous study in 1991.

 

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Puberty Arriving Earlier for American Females

 

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At 8 or 9 years old, the typical American schoolgirl is perfecting her cursive handwriting style. She’s picking out nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences, memorizing multiplication tables and learning to read a thermometer. She’s a little girl with a lot to learn. And yet, in increasing numbers, when girls this age run across the playground in T-shirts, there is undeniable evidence that their bodies are blossoming. The first visible sign of puberty, breast budding, is arriving ever earlier in American girls.

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