As If We Need Another Reason To Hate BPAs, Study Links Them To Higher Childhood Obesity Rates

Chemical bisphenol-A, otherwise known as widely-reviled and controversial BPA, now has another bit of mud to wipe off its face. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has linked it to higher levels of obesity in kids who have more of it coursing through their bodies. While the research doesn’t conclusively say that BPA actually causes obesity, it does add to a growing heap of evidence that the stuff isn’t good for us.

The study supports the idea that there are chemicals that can be “obesogens” that muck up the body’s metabolism and make it trickier for people to lose weight, even if they’re working out and eating well, notes USA Today.

BPA is used in everything from plastic water bottles (although not in baby bottles anymore) to the linings on metal cans and coating on certain papers. In other words — it’s everywhere and most of us over age 6 have it in our bodies, says the Centers for Disease Control, at detectable levels.

This most recent study used CDC surveys of kids and teens from ages 6 to 19 and found that more than 22% of those with the very highest levels of BPA in them were obese, compared to the 10% at the lowest levels. This jives with a study last year based on CDC data that found those levels linked to BPA as well.

So how are these kids getting more BPA than others? The authors think it could be from drinking more canned soda, or perhaps just because the BPA gets stored in their fat and their levels remain high because of that.

It’s not a concrete conclusion that BPA will cause obesity, but it does add to a laundry list of reasons why we should probably avoid the stuff as much as we can.

Study links chemical BPA to obesity in children, teens [USA Today]

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  1. Mark702 says:

    Like the author says, maybe its due to the soda that they drink every day out of a cup made with BPA.

  2. Kabusted says:

    BPA is in everything from plastic cups, drink bottles, and cans to prevent that metallic taste to thermal paper like receipts. Its everywhere… AND WE’RE GUNNA DAI!!

  3. momoftwokids says:

    I work with the woman who discovered the problems with BPA through a lab accident involving plasticware and the wrong cleaning solution. Scares me enough to go out and get metal water bottles etc.

  4. AtlantaCPA says:

    This correlation seems more like correlation than causation, but BPA is still nasty stuff regardless and should be banned across the board for anything even closely resembling food-related items.

  5. craftman says:

    “While the research doesn’t conclusively say that BPA actually causes obesity”

    This…is the only sentence required in the entire article. Maybe this one:

    “The authors think it could be from drinking more canned soda, or perhaps just because the BPA gets stored in their fat and their levels remain high because of that.”