High fat diets
Posted by Claudia on October 26, 1997 at 02:21:36:
In response to Class or diet, written by Ann on October 18, 1997 at 13:56:25
] Concidering that the diets of the gentry and the common folk would have been very different (woudn't they?), wouldn't this have had an affect on the physical maturation of girls? Would the lower classes have matured more slowly, and therefore married later?
] Isn't there a reverse theory today, that young women in dangerous, poor, gang-infested neighborhoods are actually maturing more quickly than usual. One explaination is that they are under such stress and threat that they are compelled to procreate before they are killed. Frightening thought.
I had heard that high fat diets lead to earlier puberty. I imagine in the old days, wealthier people had more meat in their diets and therefore may have matured a bit earlier than the lower classes, before junk food was invented. Now it's the lower classes that eat a very high fat diet (in general). With Twinkies for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch and nachos for dinner, with chips of all kinds in between, some are hitting puberty at age 8!!
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