(The Week) More and more girls are physically maturing long before they hit their teens — and doctors are worried this might be the new “normal”

Puberty can be confusing and uncomfortable for a budding adolescent. But what happens when that process starts as early as age 6? More and more young girls under the age of 10 are showing the first signs of puberty, causing some parents to worry, even going so far as to use hormone-suppressing drugs. And doctors aren’t just alarmed — they’re stumped. Here, a look at the puzzling issue …

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