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:
Cincinnati is expanding its Task Force on Healthy Living to include several organizations. The newest members represent the public schools, the city's parks and recreation departments and the soft drink industry.
Council Member Wendell Young chairs the task force.