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Study links obesity and early breast development in girls
Los Angeles Times

Epidemic obesity rates are the “prime driver” in a nationwide trend toward earlier and earlier breast development in young girls according to new research.

In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that the average age of thelarche, or onset of breast development, was earlier than previously recorded for white girls, and that a high body mass index, or BMI, was a strong indicator of early puberty.