Animal Protein Linked to Premature Puberty

The following article was written by Liam Cronin. 

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming too much animal protein as a child can cause premature development, while consuming vegetable protein encourages healthier, later development.

Premature development is not good news, even if your child is anxious to join the basketball team or learn to shave like dad. The report suggests that early physical maturity can lead to hormonal cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer.

Another report on early development, in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys are actually beginning sexual maturity as young as 8 years old and girls as young as 7, with full sexual maturity occurring around age 15. Similar studies show that this is around two years earlier than children began maturing 40 years ago.

One concern is what happens when the mind and decision-making skills of a child are contained within the bodies of fully developed men or women. In addition to making misguided choices for themselves, they may be treated like adults by other people, leading to confusion and mixed messages.

All this is in addition to other proven pitfalls of a meat- and dairy-based diet: Beyond hormonal chaos, a diet high in meat and dairy products has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, impotence, and obesity.

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  • chander kumar soni commented on November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    one more reason to start vegan.

  • Katrelya Angus commented on November 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    In Southern California we have a bear problem! Humans eat – and discard – meat containing growth hormones; the bears get into the trash and eat the meat that the humans throw away, and instead of having the usual and customary twins normal to a California Black Bear, they now have been known to have quadruplets!

  • Jules commented on November 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Well, I wish I had known this back when I was a kid. I ate tons of animal products. As a result of all that, I finished growing, filling out & full-on mensing all age the ripe old age of 8. But I thought it was just because I was a preemie. Oye-oye-oye! X_X

  • anon commented on November 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This issue is very real. My sister and I were both raised on practically an all-meat diet. We both started menstruating at age 9. It was not easy being the only 4th grader with that going on (that I knew of, at least). Thank goodness I will not pass that problem down to my daughter(s), should I have any.

  • Elsje Massyn commented on November 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Now why doesnt our brilliant scientists tell us the truth about meat. Maybe because they get a good financial cut out of the meat industry and they get paid-off by the meat industry to tell us and generations before what we “think” we need. Thanks PETA for telling us the truth, we can re-write our DNA and those of our kids and start new generations of healthy meat-free families.

  • Max commented on January 30, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Are you telling me that my animal-fuel diet caused me to hit puberty earlier than expected? How at risk of cancer am I?! SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR? I feel like a mutant…. Is there anyone else on this planet that went through the same thing?… ANYONE? I FEEL ALONE. PETA HELP ME!

  • Jerr commented on February 7, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I am all about people choosing to be vegetarian, however I don’t think it is right to make that decision for a child. I’ll never understand, I guess.

  • Jade commented on April 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

    @Jerr – I can understand where you’re coming from, but think of it this way…We make decisions for our children all the time. If it were up to children, they would eat cake and candy for breakfast every day. It’s our job as a parent to sometimes make decisions for them in order to teach them healthy living and safer choices. If your child wants to go climb on the roof, you’re going to say no because it’s dangerous. If your child wants to eat french fries for every meal of the day, you’re going to say no because it’s unhealthy. They want to wear a bathing suit in the snow…you get the idea. Parents are supposed to make decisions for their kids when they are young and hopefully teach what they believe are the right decisions. When the kids are old enough to take care of themselves and reason on their own, well, then that’s another story.