Girls generally enter puberty between eight and 14 years of age. The researchers found that the average age for puberty among girls who consume sugary drinks two to three times a week had their periods at 13 years of age.
While, on the other hand, girls who had it more frequently, got their first period at an average of 12.8 years of age. The 2010 Harvard study also concluded that 10 per cent of girls of seven years of age showed breast development, along with the onset of puberty. The figures are twice as high as the estimates in 1997.
Sugary Drinks Cause Puberty in Girls: What’s the Truth?
The early onset of puberty is a common phenomenon among girls now. The age of puberty has changed drastically over the decade. In the United States and other developed countries, many girls under 10 years old have shown signs of developed breasts.
Researchers believe that artificial sweeteners in beverages are the main cause. Healthcare experts have provided evidence of many cases of obesity that are linked to the consumption of aerated drinks. The drinks include soda, fruit punch, lemonade, sports, and energy drinks.