August 29, 2013

BPA Associated with Childhood Obesity

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BPANew research  in Pediatrics shows that many products containing BPA result in higher levels of BPA in children. Higher levels of BPA lead to obesity and higher waist circumference.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical previously used in many products for kids,  such as bottles and plastic toys. Children who had higher urinary output of BPA were at an increased risk of obesity and adverse levels of body fat.

Between 20003 to 2010, children ages 6 to 18 years old, were evaluated for urinary BPA and multiple measures of body fat, cholesterol, insulin, and glucose.

An association existed between elevated levels of BPA and the odds of obesity and an abnormal waist circumference to height ratio. No other chronic disease factors were found in children with elevated BPA levels.

If you’re like me, you have a Nalgene bottle in one hand and  call phone in the other. Nalgene makes a BPA-free bottle, as do most responsible plastic manufacturers. Perhaps they’re aware of the possible negative effects of BPA in their products?

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