Obesity Linked to Early Onset Puberty in Girls

The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 1,239 girls aged 6 to 8. At age 7, 15% had started developing breasts; by age 8, that number had increased to 27%. This is a big increase from a similar study done in 1997.

Apparently, girls who were overweight or obese were more likely to to grow breasts earlier, and the authors hypothesize that’s because body fat can produce sex hormones. One of the reasons for concern is that the earlier a girl hits puberty, the higher her risk of breast cancer.

We are becoming an increasingly sedentary world and this study shows the potential outcome of such a lifestyle. As parents, we should be role models for our children and lead by example. Plan activities as a family. Hiking, bike riding and swimming are activities everyone can enjoy. Limit television, computer and video games to less than 1 hour per day. As for snacks, offer carrots, nuts and yogurt instead of chips, candy and soda. Continue reading “Obesity Linked to Early Onset Puberty in Girls”

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How Mindful Eating Can Lead to Weight Loss

Did you know that the less awareness you bring to the table, the more you’ll need to eat and the greater your weight gain will be?

How often do you eat your meals in front of the computer, checking emails and shoveling food in at the same time, or mindlessly watching TV, and going back for seconds on that bowl of ice cream before you realize that you didn’t even taste the first bowl?

I’m sure you’ve heard that old saying: “Where attention goes, energy flows.” If you concentrate on your food – what you are eating – you will absorb and assimilate the actual nutrients in it. How do we know this to be true?

Well, there are two specific examples I’d like to share that will explain how lack of awareness of what we are eating leads to weight gain. The opposite effect of course, the positive side of this, is that the more awareness you bring to the actual consumption of food, the easier it is to lose weight. Continue reading “How Mindful Eating Can Lead to Weight Loss”

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