Every body is beautiful. Even the bodies of fat, hairy, acne-ridden girls with small breasts.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. As of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly one in five children is obese. A new study finds this issue may also lead to developmental problems for girls entering adulthood. Researchers say obesity can throw off the timing of puberty in young girls.
A team from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has discovered that overweight girls can have more testosterone in their bodies. This can lead to irregular periods, acne, and excess body hair. Researchers add that puberty looks different among obese girls in terms of breast growth and reproductive hormones.
“We found that in mid- to late puberty, girls with greater total body fat demonstrated higher levels of some reproductive hormones including follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), inhibin B and male-like hormones such as testosterone,” study author Dr. Natalie Shaw says in a media release.
“In some girls with higher total body fat, higher testosterone levels were associated with irregular menstrual cycles, acne and excess body hair. In late puberty, girls with greater body fat also showed delayed breast maturation, as determined by breast ultrasound, and earlier menarche. There were no differences in maturation of the ovaries or uterus as a function of body fat.”
Imagine being a woman and having fat rolls that are bigger than your breasts, a body that starts growing a mustache against your will, legs that look like cacti, and a face full of disgusting pimples.
Imagine what that can do to your mind during your teenage years.
Parents of overweight kids should be charged with child abuse.