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Puberty is beginning earlier for girls today than in past generations. Earlier puberty increases a girl’s risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, breast and endometrial cancers, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, body image...

Puberty at age seven? Normal? The research is telling us that seven is the new eleven when it comes to girls and puberty.

But I have a feeling Mother Nature is not entirely on board with this one. 

Neither am I.

It seemed like a healthy thing at first.  In industrialized societies from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, the average age of menarche (first period) decreased from 17 years to 13 years.  The change was attributed to widespread improvements in nutrition and health.

More recent studies have shown that over that last half century or more, the age of menarche has stabilized around age 12, but the onset of puberty, particularly breast development has continued to decline –...