How the timing of puberty affects adolescents and young teens
Puberty begins with hormonal shifts
that trigger the development of male and female sex characteristics. In
general, puberty usually starts for girls between the ages of 9 and 11, and for
most boys between the ages of 9½ and 13 years, although the exact age at which
puberty starts varies widely among individuals.
usually very aware of how their development compares to that of their friends.
Any development that varies significantly from the norm can be a source of
great anxiety along with social and emotional struggles.
What's the first thing you do when you get home from school? If you're like
most teens, you raid the refrigerator. But snacking on the wrong foods can add
unwanted calories and make you even hungrier when mealtime rolls around. Eating
snacks low in nutritional value does nothing to make you smarter or stronger,
either. The key is to choose healthy snacks that will fill you up and help
nourish you without adding too many calories.