Bisphenol A and Obesity in Children

Bisphenol A and Obesity in Children


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Bisphenol
A (BPA) has been in the news because of its effects on health. Now there’s new information
about this chemical and a possible link to child obesity. Researchers at Columbia University
found that children of women exposed to BPA during pregnancy were likely to have more
body fat by age seven. BPA is a chemical commonly used in plastic water bottles and the lining
of metal food cans. BPA is thought to act as an endocrine disruptor–a compound that
mimics or disrupts hormones produced by the human body. Previous research has linked BPA
to asthma, ADHD, depression, anxiety and early puberty in girls. Researchers found that 94
percent of women the studied had BPA in their urine–an indication that they had been exposed
to the chemical. They also found that children who had been exposed to BPA in the womb had
a higher body fat mass. Women who are concerned about BPA exposure should avoid plastics marked
as number three or seven and choose containers made from glass, porcelain or stainless steel.
Shifting from canned to frozen and fresh foods can also reduce BPA exposure. For more information,
visit dailyrx.com

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