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Obesity is blamed for rise in number of girls who hit puberty before the age of FOUR and need hospital treatment

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Obesity is blamed for rise in number of girls who hit puberty before the age of FOUR and need hospital treatment




  • The number of times girls were seen at hospital for early puberty was 2,032
  • This was a rise from 35 per cent from the previous year; obesity could be factor
Record numbers of young girls are hitting puberty too soon - with some as young as four - as experts blame obesity as a key factor.

New data shows the number of times girls were seen at hospital for cases of 'precocious puberty' increased to 2,032 last year, up from 1,510 previously.

Of these, 79 children had not even reached their fifth birthdays, NHS Digital hospital data showed.

Early puberty is defined as when girls show signs of puberty - such as developing breasts or starting puberty - before the age of eight.

Precocious puberty can occasionally be caused by genetic factors, a problem in the brain - such as a tumour, or a problem with the ovaries or thyroid.

It can be treated by targetting the underlying cause or starting medication to control hormone levels and therefore delay the developments.
 
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