WESTERN NEW YORK – Changes in Body Mass Index could be causing boys to hit puberty sooner.
According to a new study published in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics, boys born in the 1990’s reached puberty about half-a-year sooner than those born in the 1940’s.
The study says that could be attributed to changes in boys’ Body Mass Index.
That’s the ratio of boys’ weight compared to their height.
Although, researchers said the study was limited and there could be other factors at play.
They also believe the long-term effects of earlier puberty are still unknown, but are important to address.