People tend to see in a positive light when a child reaches a tall stature early on or matures or develops faster or younger than expected. Yet, this cannot be further from the truth. Actually, it has been demonstrated in studies that premature developments are associated with hormone related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.
What has changed??
When I was growing up, it was common knowledge for people that eating excessive chicken and eggs caused girls to have bigger breasts. When a girl was developing, they would warn girls against eating too many eggs or chicken because the hormones in the products would make their breasts grow larger.
Maybe the idea was a bit twisted, and for most this was just a myth or popular legend, but like they say, there’s always a bit of truth behind every lie (in this case myth). But you get the gist.
Why can this be potencially harmful?
Unhealthy childhood nutritional practices cause excessive hormone production which activates menstruation in girls and development in boys (change in voice, etc.). These early changes in hormone production can set the stage for cancer many years later. (1) Uterine fibroids are also caused by hormonal issues that can be caused by excessive consumption of meat and decreased amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Puberty at an early age is a significant marker of increased risk, and we know that there is overwhelming evidence that ovarian hormones play a crucial role, at all stages, in the development of breast cancer. (2)
Average age for menarch
Many years ago, around 1840’s, girls would get their first period (menarche) at the age of 17. Shockingly, the average age in the United States is now about 12 years old according to the World Health Organization. (3)
During the time period that the age of menarche has decreased from seventeen to about twelve in western Europe and the United States, there has been a concomitant change in western eating habits. There has been an increased consumption of fat, refined carbohydrates, cheese and meat and a huge decrease in the consumption of complex carbohydrates such as starchy plants. (1)
Years ago, meat was a luxury. Meat was expensive to produce because the interventions of antibiotics, hormones and cheap GMO food to feed the animals were non-existent. So, people ate it sparingly.
Nowadays, milk and cheese are believed to be an essential part of someone’s diet, when in fact these foods should be eaten very limitedly. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, should be the essentials on a personas diet and meat and eggs should be always from good quality grass fed and cage-free sources.
Modern studies of girls on vegetarian diets characterized by more complex carbohydrates and no meat show a later age of menarche and, as one would expect, a significant reduction of acne as well. (4)
This also applies to many other illnesses like allergies. Children’s and teens organs and systems are developing and it’s crucial that they receive the nutrients they need and not so many toxins and chemicals that end up causing sometimes even irreversible damage. Not only this, but your instilling habits that will last them a life time. Remember, we can’t let go of so many bad habits because we grew up eating that way, but they don’t have to.
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