Girls born to obese moms far more likely to start puberty early, study finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Girls born to obese mothers are more likely to start puberty early than daughters of normal-weight or underweight mothers, new research finds.

The study, published today in the American Journal of Epidemiology, involved more than 15,000 girls ages 6 to 11 in Northern California, using doctors’ records of children’s development for the analysis.

The normal age for girls to start puberty is between 8 and 13 years old, with early puberty defined as beginning when a girl is younger than 8.

The research — when adjusting for factors like the mother’s age, ethnicity and education level when she gives birth, …read more