Besides, things won't get really hairy until 2nd or 3rd grade. Because that's when puberty makes it's leering entrance. Like I said, hairy.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has been making the rounds recently. It says that 10 % of white girls and 23% of black girls are showing signs of puberty as young as seven years old. And then I stopped reading because I had clawed out my own eyes with a back scratcher.
Seven year-old girl boobs, people.
The study goes on to suggest (My wife read it out loud over my eyeless thrashing and wailing) that obesity may play a large part in the early onset of puberty. Exposure to environmental chemicals has been considered but no large scale studies of said chemicals have been done in the U.S.
One thing that the numbers do strongly suggest; thought there are increases at different class levels, there is definitely a socio-economic relationship.
Poor, fat, menstruating 3rd graders. Fantastic.
Puberty. It's elementary. Elementary school.
Picture this: A teenage boy hits on your daughter. You have to grab him by the collar and say, "whoa dude. She's nine."
If anyone needs me, I'll be out back rubbing my brain in the dirt.
Links to articles in the L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, and msnbc as well as a discussion fron Cornell University about the known effects of hormones and chemicals used in meat and milk.
The Ny Times article rejects outright the possibility of factors other than obesity while the msnbc article discusses it. The L.A. times article is the long but I think it's the best of the three. I'm not positive because half-way through I stopped to choke myself into unconsciousness.
This is not cool.
3 pieces from Pediatrics. One. Two. Three. The second one is nice because it discusses some of the other articles out there. There are a lot of them.
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