You don’t have to be a doctor to know that being obese isn’t exactly conducive to health. Need proof? How about this study linking obesity to early puberty? HealthDay News is on it:
The study of 354 girls from 10 different regions in the United States found that increased body fat in girls as young as age 3 and large increases in body fat between the age of 3 and the start of first grade were associated with earlier puberty, defined as the presence of breast development by age 9.Still not convinced? Well how does this strike you? According to Reuters an obese woman went to the hospital with stomach pain only to find out she was carrying a full-term fetus. I’m not kidding. More from the report:
"Our finding that increased body fatness is associated with the earlier onset of puberty provides additional evidence that growing rates of obesity among children in this country may be contributing to the trend of early maturation in girls," study lead author Dr. Joyce Lee, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan, said in a prepared statement.
Doctors discovered the baby as they took X-rays of Branum's abdominal area and referred her to UCI Medical Center in the nearby city of Orange, California, for prenatal testing, said Susan Mancia, a spokeswoman for UCI Medical Center.Yeah, you probably want to know if you're pregnant or is that just over-thinking? Okay, clearly obesity is really a hot topic in health news. Be sure to check out DiseaseProof’s obesity archive for more posts on the subject.
No defects were detected and two days later on February 28, Branum gave birth by caesarean section to a healthy, 7-lb 7-oz (3.4 kg) boy named Walter Scott Edwards III.
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