Children hitting puberty faster than ever

User - posted on 06/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I heard today on the news than children are growing alot faster than they have before. They said it has been reported several cases that as early as 7 yrs old children are hitting puberty. They said its not conclusive but could be from the chemicals that are on the food and in the drinks they are consuming

I read an article previous to this that really concerned me. It was about a condition in young children where they hit puberty as a baby or toddler. And in this case they linked it to the Bovine Growth Hormone that is ingejected into cows that we drink the milk from. This baby was drinking formula that had cows milk in it that was injected with this Hormone.

I dont agree with alot of things that people do in general but seriously with this. They are adding all kinds of things in our food/drink to make them grow faster and to become larger so they make more product to make more money. Now they say that these things are safe, but are they really?

When I heard about the study kids are growing faster, I thought of the story above. It makes me wonder if these are related. I am one I wish I could grow my own food and make my own drinks, but only if I had the time and land. I really dont like what is in food these days and if food/drink that the FDA says is safe, why are these studies coming out contradicting with that? Can we really trust the food/drink companies to feed our families anymore. It scares me to reall know what we are comsuming

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User - posted on 06/07/2013

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Yea I believe that too! And that in turn goes back to food and drinks. I myslef try very hard to get my child to eat the healthiest he can and not have sweets everyday and people actually think I am depriving him because he doesnt eat chicken mcnuggets every week and candy and icec cream when he wants (which I totally am not!). He gets to eat sweets when it is a treat, thats why they call it a treat, you dont have it all the time.
I do know alot of families though that they eat sweets/junk food all day long everyday. And theres alot too that eat a diet high in processed foods, foods already prepared for them, being more likely to have high calorie and carb levels that if the parents made it at home.
Obesity hits home for me. I am myself considered obese and have been most of my life. I had a struggle with food and when I was younger I didnt have any restrictions so growing up I had to learn and try to control myself with food. Im now 24 and am still overweight but it took me this long really how to control my eating habits and learning everyday about what really is in food and what to avoid.
Idk why people say food isnt addictive becaus eit is, its hard to take control of and expecially children who dont have any limits and grow up eating unhealthy its that much harder on them to learn how to control themselves

And the other issue is exercise. Technology is taking over and I feel it to be a problem. People are over using it and sitting all day watching tv or playing video games on on their phone doing stuff. Alot arnt getting enough play time like good ol days.

But anyway I just think its a real problem. and not enough people are taking control of the situation. theres many ways to treat the symptoms but not enough to treat the underlying problem

Sarah - posted on 06/06/2013

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I think that has some truth to it, but I also think a major thing in early puberty is obesity. Obesity in children can cause earlier development along with earlier periods in girls. If you look at the rate of childhood obesity and the rate of early puberty you can see a link. I would also say that often times those that develop very early on or have periods at really early ages are often times those that are obese.

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