And you thought it was only the supersized diet and video games that were responsible for making out children so large today. Well, there might be a lot more to it than that. BPA or Bisphenol A has been linked with childhood obesity. BPA is found in everything from cans, to plastics, to ATM and grocery receipts. Ninety percent of us have BPA in our bodies.
Because BPA mimics estrogen it is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent study showed a direct correlation between children with higher levels of BPA and higher BMI.
Read the New York Times article: BPA Levels Tied to Obesity in Youths
Read the Science Daily article: High BPA Levels in Children Associated With Higher Risk of Obesity and Abnormal Waist Circumference
- Two Chemicals in Processed Food Packaging Linked to Childhood Obesity (naturalsociety.com)