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GIRLS who are obese at the age of four are more likely to reach puberty before their 10th birthday.
The findings stem from a study which predicts that puberty will come earlier as the child obesity crisis worsens. The research, the first to track children from when they were toddlers to the age of 12, establishes a firm link between childhood obesity and early onset puberty.
The findings will add to pressure on governments to tackle the rising incidence of child obesity. The American researchers warn that the obesity crisis is now affecting children's development, while British experts say the trend will follow in Britain as childhood obesity reaches US levels