A new study published by Pediatrics says obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls. Researchers in Cincinnati (Children's Hospital), San Francisco and New York City studied 1,239 girls ranging in age from 6 to 8 at enrollment and followed at regular intervals from 2004 to 2011.
Girls with early maturation have greater risk of these:
Each year Ulster Project Cincinnati welcomes teens from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to come here and stay with host families with teenagers. The local teens and those visiting from Northern Ireland are able to get to know each other, and learn to appreciate and respect their differences. Ulster Project Cincinnati Board President Jennifer King and two local teens who have participated in the Ulster Project, Lexi Hodge and Emilee Hollis, talk about their experiences.