The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls

The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls


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A generation ago, fewer than 5 percent of girls started puberty before the age of 8; today, that percentage has more than doubled. Early puberty is not just a matter of physical transformation—it’s also deeply psychological, with a myriad of effects that can put a girl at higher risk for behavioral problems and long-term health challenges.

In this reassuring and empowering guide, Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, PhD—two leading experts on the root causes and potential consequences of early puberty in girls—deliver vital advice on how to prevent and manage early puberty. They explain surprising triggers—from excess body fat to hormone-mimicking chemicals to emotional stressors in a girl’s home and family life—and offer highly practical strategies, including how to limit exposure to certain ingredients in personal care and household products, which foods to eat and which to avoid, ways to improve a child’s sleep routine to promote healthy biology, and more.

The New Puberty is an engaging, urgently needed road map to helping young girls move forward with confidence, ensuring their future well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623365981
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 800,253
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, PhD, won the 2013 Community Breast Cancer Research Award from Zero Breast Cancer. They have contributed to Time, Science, New York Times Magazine, US News and World Report, Good Morning America, and NPR. They live in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the New Puberty: Is She Entering Puberty Early? xi

Part I The Causes of Early Puberty

Chapter 1 Move Over, Judy Blume: How We Define Puberty Today 3

Chapter 2 7 Going on 17: The Potential Repercussions of Early Puberty 25

Chapter 3 Nature versus Nurture: An In-Depth Look at Puberty Prompters 47

Part II Strategies to Help Growing Girls Thrive

Chapter 4 Is Treatment Necessary?: How to Know When to Medically Intervene 75

Chapter 5 How to Manage Environmental Risks: Practicing the Precautionary Principle 93

Chapter 6 Lifestyle Matters: Establishing Healthy Habits 117

Chapter 7 "What Is She Thinking?": Inside the Brain of a Developing 155

Chapter 8 Don't Have "the Talk," Start the Conversation: Building Emotional Closeness 183

Acknowledgments 217

Selected References 221

Recommended Reading and Additional Resources 231

Index 239

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