20th century is a new era where our lifestyles, environment, health, economics, politics, culture, education, well, in short, every aspect of life has changed. A lot of perspectives and reactions towards certain taboos have changed now. And so should we in terms of dealing with early puberty. Those who train themselves to adapt according to their circumstances are the ones that lead a much likely less stressed life.
The topic of discussion today is a subject not much openly debated. “Periods” as the name suggests is considered a matter, not to talk about. Every woman goes through this natural phenomenon every month and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Fortunately, in contemporary times people’s reactions have changed. But a new problem has come into existence and it is the occurrence of early Puberty.
Usually, girls from the age of 12 to 14 would hit puberty. The early teen years are the years of different developmental experiences such as enlargement of breast glands and pubic hair. Some would associate acne and mood swings as the symptoms of Puberty but the gynaecologists do not consider these two as indicators for puberty. According to recent researches, girls age 7-8 are entering into the stage of puberty.
Doctors have reported that an increased number of young girls between ages 7 to 10 are undergoing changes that are alarming for their parents. The girls get embarrassed as their friends haven’t experienced it yet. Let’s discuss what are the reasons that cause early Puberty? Several factors are responsible; obesity, hormonal changes, stress, depression, environmental chemicals, etc.
Obesity- a Major Cause of Early Puberty
Obesity is by far the most important factor in bringing out puberty. The professor of clinical paediatrics at the University of California, Robert Lustig states that the hormone leptin produces at a very high rate among obese girls and instigates puberty. This rapid production and onset of puberty lead to an increase production of estrogen which causes insulin resistance. Thus causing more fat to deposit in the body. All of these hormonal changes are interlinked and therefore result in the maturity of the female body.
Xeno-estrogens or in simpler words steroid hormones are a major cause of igniting puberty in young girls. Those who have exposure to the estrogen mimics experience the beginning of the menstrual cycle at a very early age.
Stress also brings bodily changes in girls who happen to see family bonds breaking into fragments. Girls who live without a fatherly figure or those living with a step-father have reported getting periods before entering into teens. Adopted kids also suffer from maternal depression and hit puberty earlier. Research has shown that the pulse and respiratory rate fluctuate along with the cortisol levels and vary among the kids who have been raised in difficult homes.
A new study suggests that teen girls experience more bouts of depression than teen boys.
Previously, getting puberty at such an early age was considered abnormal. Now it is normal as our lifestyle and environment have taken a turn. Parents have a crucial role to play when their daughter starts showing the symptoms. The child faces scrutinizing behaviour of peers and family and goes into depression. Therefore, parental support helps them to cope with the changes and embrace them.
Hunger Issues – Two and Two make Four
World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16. We celebrate a day either when we observe bigger human achievements, solving a problem or innovations, or to bring together world leaders and population to fortify that issue to solve it cumulatively. The idea behind celebrating this day is to bring-forth world leaders and residents to resolve this grave hunger problem and to make the world a hunger free globe.
Is Hunger a Grave Issue?
As hunger in this world is evident, being faced by developed, developing, least developed and third world countries, all are facing acute hunger issue in so many ways that they cannot be ignored. 1 in 10 persons dies from hunger illness, or by consuming substandard food. It means that 420,000 people die every year. This alarming cue should not be ignored by the world leaders and organizations at any cost. The most common foodborne diseases are stomachache, vomiting, diarrhoea etc. On the contrary, unavailability of food creates many social issues too, such as crime. Day by day, crime rates are increasing because people could not make both ends meet and then they commit a crime like robbery, to manage their need for food.
Have a look at the Marxist analysis of The Hunger Games (2012) https://thevirginnews.com/marxist-analysis-of-the-hunger-games-2012/
What is the Solution then?
According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, if all the countries work together to mitigate hunger, they can completely end this issue by 2035. For this determination, the whole decade from 2016-2025, has been dedicated to removing hunger around the world. In consonance with the food security issues, the world leaders should follow the suit given by FAO and work under one shadow. Many NGO’s in Pakistan and many other regions are working to control the hunger issues, so people should give charity and donations to the NGO’s and other working organizations to help them in this mission. Or people themselves should go and observe the situations in their surroundings and help the affected ones, by giving them food to eat and a little extra money. Approximately, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally. If we do proper planning to provide it to the people who need it the most, we can create “A Hunger Free World”.
# Thanks Planned Parenthood Trending on Twitter-Why?
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization working for the betterment of women’s health since 1916. Their aim is to provide reproductive health care to the women of the United States and then expanded their services around the globe. Initially, Margaret Sanger was the one to open childbirth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York in 1916. She has also founded the American Birth Control League in 1921 which is currently known as Planned Parenthood.
Health Services by Planned Parenthood
This tax-exempt corporation provides reproductive health services to both men and women like abortion, birth control, Long-acting reversible contraception, emergency contraception, clinical breast examination, pregnancy tests, counselling for pregnancy options, prenatal care, tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases (HIV and STDs), sex education, vasectomies, LGBT and screenings for cancers such as cervical, breasts, testes and prostate.
What Ignited the Trend
The hashtag ThanksPlannedParenthood begins to trend on Tuesday due to the remarks of Senator Ted Cruz. He as some believe has mistakenly referred to birth control as “abortion inducing drugs.” Since then, a twitter user “@bigskybabs” asked the people to talk about the services they have taken from Planned Parenthood other abortion. A huge amount of responsive retweets swarmed up Twitter and used the #ThanksPlannedParenthood thus making it the top trend.
Patricia Arquette, the Oscar-winning actresses writes while sharing her experience with Planned Parenthood.
Musician Kimya Dawson also shares her experience with the organization and writes, “I chose to have a baby and they made sure I had the resources I needed to do that successfully,” she said. “And I appreciate that if I had chosen to have an abortion I could’ve gone to them for that too.”
Another tweet by Stephanie Wittels Wachs, the co-founder of the Lemonada podcast network highlights the wide-ranging aspects of the organization. She opens up about her 2 D&Cs and how crucial they are for a woman. She ends her tweet with words, “Every woman’s journey is different. Choice is critical.”
Politics & Health
Cruz’s comment has ignited a political reaction from the people as the term “birth” is trending under the category of “Politics” on Twitter. Well, the good news is that the Supreme Court has rejected the request by South Carolina. The request pleads to abolish funding to Planned Parenthood and remove all the abortion clinics from the Medicaid program of the state.
Impact of Planned Parenthood
According to a study in 2020, termination of clinics under Planned Parenthood caused an increase in maternal mortality rate by 6%–15% across racial/ethnic groups. The organization has a positive impact, especially on women’s lives. Other than abortion and birth control, their services have saved many lives and are still doing it. The Twitter trend is evidence of the constructive contributions of the health care centre. Will this trend be able to bring a change in the orthodox mentality of few people? When will we learn to accept women’s health and choices as significant as men’s?