Obesity in Boys Can Also Lead to Early Puberty
Just as in girls, the onset of puberty in boys can also happen earlier if they are obese, according to a new research study.
A University of Chile study of Chilean boys in the age group of 4-7 found that obesity can result in the onset of puberty before age 9. For the purpose of the study, boys with central obesity and total body obesity were analysed. The results showed when boys are obese in the age group of 5-6 years, the chances of early puberty rose by 2.7 times. Boys with central obesity were 6.4 times more likely to have early onset of puberty before age 9.
The report points out that children having early onset of puberty are at increased risk of developing behavioural problems and testicular cancer in later stages of life. Hence, parents must be careful to provide nutritious food that keeps children healthy and lean rather than building more fat into the system.