Plastics linked to Obesity (From Dr. Brownstein In The NEWS: Reading Between the LInes.
Bisphenal A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is used to make polycarbonate resin, a component of may plastics including food and beverage containers. Scientists recently examined the association between BPA concentration and body mass outcome in children, and published their findings in the September 19, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study examined 2,838 obese American Children ages 6 to 19 who were randomly selected in the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. They found that the children in the bottom 25 percent of BPA exposure were only half a likely to be obese as the other children.
The article concluded that, “Urinary BPA concentration was significantly associated with obesity in …children and adolescents.”
Presently, two-thirds of Americans are overweight and/or obese. The study showed a direct correlation with BPA exposure and obesity in children and adolescents. BPA is found in nearly all canned foods, and was found in plastic cups and baby bottles until the FDA recently banned those uses.
BPA is actually stored in fat tissue, and has been shown to have hormonal (estrogenic) effects in the body. Studies show that it is associated with weight gain in rats.
However, obesity is not the only problem linked to BPA. Animal studies have shown that BPA exposure increases the risk of cardiovascular dysfunction, diabetes, and neurological disorders.
You can minimize your exposure to BPA by limiting your ingestion of canned foods.