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Why do girls gain weight and hips grow before they start?

I have noticed a big change in my 12 daughter.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Feb. 9, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • Our hormones do funny things to us. The changes in hormones effect everything - mood, weight, etc. The hips can be the extra weight going to that area. Weight gain around that age is normal when they are starting their periods.

    Answer by DDry at 1:14 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • The fat percentage in the body goes up to better prepare the body for pregnancy. The breasts grwo to provide milk. The hips round to allow more room for baby to pass, etc. All of these things will add to weight. There is a real physiological process behind menstruation. It isn't like they just start bleeding for no reason...

    Answer by yakara77 at 4:06 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • It is all part of the a girl matures these changes take place. It is the whole body and system that is involved, not just an isolated thing that happens in the uterus!

    Answer by BJoan at 12:22 PM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • Girls can't start their period until their body fat equals 17% of their total body weight. Therefore, your body starts increasing it's fat storage, so girls get breasts, hips, tummies, etc. The reason athletic girls get their periods later is because they are so athletic that they can't quite get enough fat in their bodies for their period to start. Your daughter's symptoms are all signs that she will get her period soon :)

    Answer by Elizabeth47 at 5:46 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

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