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What is puberty?
Puberty is the period during which growing boys or girls undergo the process of sexual maturation. Puberty involves a series of physical stages or steps that lead to the achievement of fertility and the development of the so-called secondary sex characteristics, the physical features associated with adult males and females (such as the growth of pubic hair). While puberty involves a series of biological, or physical, transformations, the process can also have an effect on the psychosocial and emotional development of the adolescent. For more information visit Puberty Stages of Boys and Girls.
Delayed Puberty is when a boy or girl is beyond the normal age range for puberty to have commenced, yet their body has not shown any signs of the associated body changes.
Physical development starts at different times and progresses at different rates in different people. So, the beginning of the development that comes with puberty varies from person to person — and that's completely normal.
The earliest physical change of puberty for girls is usually breast development, which most often begins around 10 or 11 years. But it's perfectly normal for breast development to start anytime between the ages of 8 and 13. A girl's first menstrual period usually occurs about 2 to 2½ years after breast development begins.
Boys begin their development on average around age 11 or 12, but it's also normal to begin anytime between the ages of 9 and 15. Girls and guys who start developing earlier or later than these ranges can still be normal, but they should be checked by their doctor just to be sure.
For both boys and girls, it usually takes several years after the first changes of puberty begin before they're all complete — and there's a lot of variation from person to person. So, two normally developing guys or girls who are the same age can appear quite different from each other. One can look older and more physically mature than the other. But the one who started later will catch up in time.
Source - Kids Health Organization
Girls who are extremely active in sports may experience a delay of a year or more in the start of puberty. Read more about this topic in Girl Wants to Delay Puberty.
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A List Of Exercises That Stunt Children's Growth May 13, 2011 Moderate physical activity among children is beneficial for growth. In fact, exercise in childhood is critical for maximizing bone growth and preventing osteoporosis in later years. However, when exercise levels increase to vigorous and extreme levels for prolonged periods of time, negative growth effects may occur. Children who engage in sports with an emphasis on caloric restriction and high energy expenditure are at the greatest risk for retarded growth. According to Estherann Grace, pediatrician at Children's Hospital Boston, inadequate nutrition during the prepubescent stage will delay puberty and stunt growth.
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