Maybe this freaks me out because I was such a late bloomer—but girls getting boobs at 9 just worries me. I know there was always that one girl in the class who seemed to “blossom” earlier than everyone else and it either made her the butt of jokes or super popular (mainly with the boys), but I’m talking about the alarming rise of early onset puberty.
The thing is…I did an informal poll of friends and family and they all agree that it seems like a relatively recent thing. Sure enough, I found an article on this subject that confirms it:
“A large number of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10, much earlier than their previous generations, reveals a recent study conducted by Danish scientists.”
So what is it about “modern life” that is leading our girls to womanhood before their time? Well, this University of Bristol study, published in the latest issue of Public Health Nutrition, says the culprit is meat: “girls who ate more meat and protein at the ages of 3 and 7 were more likely to have started menstruating by the age of 12 1/2 years. The early onset of puberty puts women at greater risk of developing diseases including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and heart disease.”
So you can see that this is more serious than having to purchase a bra a few years too early. Now even though this article chooses not draw any conclusions as to what’s behind this meat connection. I’m going to go ahead and put it out there….ummm, can you say HORMONES?
You don’t have to have seen FOOD INC to have inkling that there are more hormones in our meat than 30 years ago. Every industry is trying to get more ROI, more bang for their buck. Well, for the meat industry, that means getting animals to mature faster and bigger than can occur naturally. And, unfortunately, it looks like that’s exactly what is happening to our kids.
I’m not trying to use this blog as a soapbox…there’s plenty of that going on without my input. I’m pointing out that this just adds to the mountain of evidence we have of people looking at their food more critically than ever before.
“You are what you eat” is not just a cutesy phrase these days. Are you prepared for your labels, ingredients and products to really be scrutinized?