Cocktail Chatter: BPA Tied to Childhood Obesity

You’ve heard of that nasty chemical BPA (and you’ve probably seen the influx of new products labeled BPA-free) well there’s a good reason why you should care:  The common chemical, which is found in the lining of many aluminum cans and a variety of food packaging, may be adding to the obesity epidemic in youth.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups it’s still prevalent in a lot of everyday products.

 “BPA has been associated with adult obesity and heart disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics at New York University. These new findings “raise further questions about the need to limit BPA exposure in children,” he said. “This is the first study to find an association of an environmental chemical with childhood obesity in a nationally representative sample.” The report was published in the Sept. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers studied 2,900 children and are speculating that BPA acts like estrogen and may make the bodies’ fat cells bigger. Comparing BPA levels with participants’ weight, researchers found that about 10 percent of children with the lowest levels of BPA were obese, compared with more than 22 percent of those with the highest levels of BPA.

Almost 93 percent of Americans aged 6 and older have detectable BPA levels.


Photo courtesy: SliceOfChic


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