Girls starting puberty earlier

In a New York Times special report, Elizabeth Weil, a contributing writer for the magazine, wrote about a girl who “began growing pubic hair at age 6.”

β€œIn the late 1980s, Marcia Herman-Giddens, then a physician’s associate in the pediatric department of the Duke University Medical Center, started noticing that an awful lot of 8- and 9-year-olds in her clinic had sprouted pubic hair and breasts.”

Weil questioned whether “the age of puberty really” was “dropping,” to which “parents said yes,” but “leading pediatric endocrinologists said no.”

But “now most researchers seem to agree on one thing: Breast budding in girls is starting earlier.”

The article also points to possible factors that may be contributing to this phenomenon.

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