Known as "Fully Raw Kristina," 26 year old Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram hasn't seen a doctor in eight years. Not bad considering, she once struggled with migraines, dehydration and other health issues that were so severe, she decided to change her diet completely.
"I ended up getting the onset of type two diabetes by 18 years old," Carrillo-Bucaram said. "I haven't eaten any cooked food, no hormones, no meat, no dairy and I will tell you it has made my health unbelievable."
Carrillo-Bucaram is one of many who believe processed foods are contributing to our nation's obesity battle , medical issues and resulting in early puberty for the younger generation.
A newly released medical report shows on average, girls of all ethnicities are experiencing changes in their bodies at an earlier age.
"I know from personal experience, from my family or my cousins that don't eat good diets," she said. " They're sixteen year olds with (size) double d breasts. They're developing early They're getting their periods early. For girls that can be mortifying."
Dr. Shilpa Pankaj is a pediatrician at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.
"The number one indicator that we know for sure is elevated (body mass index) BMI, or obesity," Dr. Pankaj said. " So I think if we can tackle that then we're probably going to start seeing a lot of improvements in our kids health overall. If you develop early your body is exposed to estrogen for a longer amount of time overall. And there have been studies that show it can be related to breast cancer."
Kristina's fully raw diet isn't for everyone. But if you're interested in modifying your family's diet, Carrillo-Bucara uses her website ( http://www.fullyraw.com/# ), as well as YouTube and Instagram to share kid-friendly fruit and vegetable meals, free of charge.
And while Dr. Pankaj doesn't think such strict diets are must, she does say healthy eating, exercise and communication are key to getting your child through what can be an emotional and confusing time.
"I don't want moms to think its necessarily detrimental for their child if their daughter develops earlier," she said. "I think having that open dialogue earlier with their daughters is probably a good idea because a younger child won't have the same coping mechanisms as an older child."