Recently there has been lots of talk of increased obesity within children. Progressively, the diets in children have shifted to instant or take-out foods. Poor choices in food leads to bad eating habits which invariably could cause obesity and other health problems. Now, the news media is claiming that chemical BPA is also linked to children’s obesity. Chemical BPA is often found in plastics. The study that was conducted which led to this speculation was from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2008. The editor-in-chief Dr. Howard Bauchner has said that “this paper is speculative.” Not necessarily that BPA causes obesity in children but the “speculation” is that the fatty tissues may store more BPA and release harmful chemicals more often than normal.

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The chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, has a long and controversial history.

Used to manufacture some plastics – like the kinds in soda or water bottles – and as an anti-corrosive in aluminum cans, BPA has been under fire for some time from consumer advocacy groups.

The FDA recently banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups after concerns were raised about potential side effects on the “brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children,” according to the FDA website.

Still, the organization has stood by the overall safety of the chemical; in March the FDA denied the Natural Resources Defense Council’s petition to ban BPA outright.

Now a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association is adding more fuel to the flames.  The paper shows an association between BPA levels in children’s urine and obesity prevalence.

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