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Father's Absence Linked To Early Puberty In Girls

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A study found girls from higher-income households, and particularly African-Americans, are likely to develop breasts and pubic hair earlier if they don't live with their biological father. The presence of other adult males in the home doesn't change the results.


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Not having a father in the home makes a young girl more likely to have a lower SES.

The lower SES means that the family is more likely to be buying low-cost food—that with more hormones and chemicals in it. Hormones and chemicals like estrogen.

And children with a lower SES are more likely to be overweight or obese. (Again, low-cost food. Many times the healthy food is more expensive.) When a girl gains weight, she her body kicks into gear like she's entering puberty. So bam! girl starts sprouting breasts!

But really, the chain of cause-and-effect is pretty clear. And now I feel good for my real world use of my adolescence class.