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Happy Healthy Long Life – The Healthy Librarian: Do you think there’s any correlation to early male puberty & the steadily increasing weight of the average 10 year old boy over the past 30 years? (And what about all the hormones in dairy? Laura)
A large study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Saturday, suggests that boys are entering puberty earlier now than several decades ago — by at least 6 months to two years.
It’s too soon to know what the cause may be, but the researchers mention that changes in diet, less physical activity and other environmental factors as possibilities.
On average, black boys in the study showed signs of puberty, primarily identified as growth of the testicles, at a little older than 9, while white and Hispanic boys were a little older than 10.
The heaviest boys were developing earlier than what Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens called “the little bitty skinny boys.” Experts said it is unclear if weight gain precipitates puberty or is a consequence.” Read the NYT’s summary of the research here:
Halloween is just two weeks away, and most parents are worried about the frightening amount of sugar children consume. That’s understandable. But Halloween is just one day. What really scares me are the meat and dairy products lurking in children’s diets every day and everywhere—from fast food to school lunches. Unfortunately, some parents don’t share this fear. Some parents may not yet realize how healthful a plant-based diet can be for their children.
Meat and dairy products are loaded with fat and cholesterol that lead to childhood obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. A new study in the British Medical Journal found that obese children as young as 5 years old were already showing signs of heart disease that could seriously increase their risk of heart attacks and stroke as they get older. Now that gives me nightmares.
But time and again, evidence-based science shows that plant-based diets can help prevent these unnerving consequences. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals—says that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
In this video, I’ll share some more morbid statistics about the health of America’s children—and why a plant-based diet is the treat we should provide children on Halloween and every day of the year:
What could be wrong with baby formula? The point here has more to do with the benefits of breast-feeding during the first months of life than the demerits of any particular brand of baby formula.
A number of studies have shown that children who breast-feed are less likely to be overweight or obese in their early years, which is good — because an overweight child is more likely to grow into an overweight adult. According to one study, the risk of a child becoming overweight declines the longer a child is breast-fed. By age 14, those who were breast-fed at least seven months were 20% less likely to be overweight than those breast-fed for three months.
Why? That’s a mystery, though it may well have something to do with how the different nutrients and hormones alter a baby’s metabolism.
What you can do:
If you are able, give your child a good start by breastfeeding, in consultation (of course!) with your doctor. A German studyfound the prevalence of obesity in children aged 5-6 decreased significantly based on the length of time their mothers breast-fed them:
“We’ve all seen it. We’ve seen it associated with the marked increase in obesity, but not to these numbers,” said Dr. Rick Kaskel, pediatric kidney specialist at Montefiore Hospital in New York. “And, I think the hospitalization rate is what is astounding here.”