Washington: An analysis of as many as 100 studies has revealed that overweight girls tend to reach puberty earlier than their peers do. While some researchers have argued hitting puberty early in life makes a person prone metabolic syndrome and diabetes, Emily Walvoord has found such diseases are not linked to early puberty, but obesity. “Early puberty is one of the many outcomes of obesity,” said Walvoord of Indiana University School of Medicine.
Girls who reach puberty early are more likely to experience negative body image, depression and other mental disorders. Jane Mendle of University of Oregon said those in her field know the psychological effects of early puberty well. “Whether or not that knowledge has been translated in the way it could or should be to the general population, I’m not sure.” Mendle said girls who mature earlier tend to land in social situations they are not psychologically prepared to handle. Because of that, they might develop psychological issues during puberty. The findings were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (ANI)
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