16% of girls in the U.S. now experience breast development by the age of 7, and 30% by the age of 8. A hundred years ago, the average age when a girl got her first period was 16-17.
Girls with early maturation are at risk of lower self-esteem and higher rates of depression. The biological impact includes greater risk of several cancers (breast, ovarian, and endometrial), obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hypertension and heart disease. One of the causes is suspected to be from eating meat from hormone-raised animals.
Cattle and poultry are often injected with growth hormones to make them grow bigger and quicker. (Instead of taking 16 weeks to raise a chicken, now it takes only 6 weeks!)
Residues of these hormones are retained in the animal’s body. The hormones are not cooked away when we eat meat from growth-induced animals. They in turn, enter our body and speed up young children’s biological development (premature puberty).
Meat is also high in fat. Excess fat in the body is known to cause the production of excess estrogen.