Most girls going through puberty dream about having those incredibly thin bodies of models that they see in the fashion magazines and on t.v. Chubby girls often get rejected at recess time when picking teams and are sometimes even bullied or isolated.
Finally there is some good news that might make some of those girls feel a little bit better. New research has found that puberty is an important time for a girl to have some curves. In a study that will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, scientists discovered that having some fat mass is actually beneficial for bone mass to form, particularly in girls.
This new research could help to pinpoint if and how the development of the female skeleton is affected by such eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, that are linked to decreased fat mass.
Currently scientists are not clear on why a woman’s fat amount matters. A few researchers think that some of the bone accumulation is perhaps a response to the stress created by the weight her skeleton is carrying. Authors in the study also point to a possible link to estrogen levels.
No matter what the underlying triggers are, it is extremely crucial to promote a healthy body image. When a teenage girl is too thin, brittle bones, physical and psychological damage and other long-term effects such as osteoporosis can result. So, to sum things up, being skin and bones is not healthy for the bones and is not really flattering or beautiful.