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Obesity can delay puberty

Obesity can delay puberty
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The first changes

The first signs of puberty should appear at age 10 for girls and at age 11 for boys. Sometimes, however, puberty sets in later. One of the “culprits” is obesity. According to a study published in the “Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine”, obesity can cause delayed puberty in boys. Overweight boys are 50% less likely to enter puberty at age 11 than those of normal weight. The research involved 401 boys born in 1991, in different areas of the United States, whose height and weight were measured starting at the age of two, up to 12 years.

What can parents do?

As a parent of an obese child, it is advisable to supervise him, convince him to follow a healthy diet, no fast food, no fat. At the same time, it is recommended that your teenager practice a sport and do physical exercises. If your boy has passed the age of 14 and no signs of puberty have appeared, take him to a specialist.


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