By Mario Fiorucci, Co-Founder of The Healthy Butcher
This article was originally published in Tonic Magazine November 2011
I have to start by admitting that I am not an expert in the field of pediatrics (although my wife would tell you that I think I’m an expert on everything). But, the topic of early maturity in girls instantly tickled my spider sense because I have a three-year old daughter. A few months ago, Pediatrics – the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics – published a report out of Copenhagen University which showed that between 1991 and 2006, the average age of breast development in girls (called thelarche, which is the first sign of impending puberty) – decreased from 10.88 years to 9.86 years. Along that theme, there are no shortages of similarly concluding studies; another I came across found that the average age of first menstruation (called menarche) decreased from 15 in the 19th century to 13.5 in the 1960s, to 12!