picture of childhood obesity in girls

I was recently reading an article about childhood obesity, it raised some concerns I had heard before: Increased chance of Type 2 Diabetes, High levels of Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea, etc. These are all serious concerns, but according to reserchers at the Medical University of South Carolina, there is another concern, specifically for young girls.

Obese girls, defined as at least 10 kilograms (22 pounds) overweight, had an 80% chance of developing breasts before their ninth birthday and starting menstruation before age 12 - the western average for menstruation is about 12.7 years.

Early-onset puberty could have serious health and social consequences, experts say, including increased incidence of teenage depression and of cancer in later life, but there's more…much more, if your interested, the entire article is here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37344482/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/