Hey parents of white children: all that bisphenol A that your child has been exposed to could be making them fat. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. explored the effects of bisphenol A (or BPA) levels in a “diverse group of 2,838 Americans ages 6 to 19″ and the results showed a connection between the compound and obesity, specifically in caucasians.
Their study seems to support the theory that high levels of exposure to BPA leads to higher rates of obesity. But an interesting thing about the findings is that the link between obesity and BPAs only seems to be present in white children. According to the LA Times, “the researchers found that for African Americans and Latinos, the link was so small it could have been a statistical fluke. And for young Caucasians, the association strengthened: Compared with white children with the least BPA in their urine, those with the most were six times more likely to be obese, the researchers found.” But the researchers warn that this is not a definitive finding, saying that it is “at best hypothesis generating.”
The way babies and children are being exposed to BPA (if you missed the many, many memos) is via such common plastic items like baby bottles and sippy cups (a production practice that has slowed since the American Chemistry Council declared BPA dangerous). The build up of BPA in the system messes with the body’s hormones and could potentially disrupt “sexual development, energy use and fat deposition.”
But the big mystery seems to be why white children are apparently more affected by the BPA-obesity link. As of now, researchers believe that perhaps diet, how early a child is exposed ,or the high acidity in canned foods may affect the body’s reaction to the BPA.
As of now, they don’t know how soon they’ll be able to figure out what is really happening, since parents wouldn’t voluntary expose their children to the chemicals to test the theory. Instead, the recommendation is just to protect your kids by limiting their exposure as much as you can.
Have you cut out BPA from your family’s lifestyle?
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