Chemicals In Baby Bottles Linked To Obesity
A chemical found commonly in the linings of soft drink containers, baby bottles, sippy cups, and various other food packaging could be contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, according to an article in the US News. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently passed a ban on the usage of bisphenol A (BPA) in products for babies, but it remains in many containers used by young children and teenagers.
Children, Teens Still Exposed To Harmful Chemical
- BPA has been found to increase the risk for adult obesity and heart disease.
- It acts as a hormone, estrogen, affecting the body’s fat cells and causing hormonal imbalances.
- There are readily available and viable alternatives to BPA, but BPA is found nearly everywhere in food packaging.
- In the study, BPA exposure was found in those children with the highest obesity rates.
Linking Side Effects Inconclusive
- Several studies seem to contradict each other. In examinations of laboratory animals, those exposed to BPA were not consistently overweight.
- Studies in humans found that white children exposed to higher concentrations of BPA were at higher risk for obesity than those with little or no exposure.
- With so many questions about BPA, the FDA might re-evaluate its stance on banning BPA from food products.
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