A new study tells us that almost half of all black girls show signs of puberty by age 8. This is alarming for a number of reasons, especially considering that only 20% of white girls experience this at the same age. Why is this happening? Your guess is as good as the researchers’.
“The beginning of adolescence is a tough time for any girl. It’s harder when you’re growing up in a tough neighborhood and go to a rough school. And it’s really hard when you face all the surging hormones and other tribulations of puberty before you even reach your eighth birthday.”