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Study Confirms BPA is Making You Fat, Fueling Obesity

Lisa Garber
September 19th, 2012
Updated 11/18/2012 at 2:07 am
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If you  know about bisphenol-a (BPA), the estrogen-mimicking chemical found in plastics and other produce, then you probably know it isn’t safe. Well, a study out of NYU School of Medicine links BPA to obesity. The study involved analyzing surveys from 2,938 young people, and is another of a long list of studies coming to the same conclusions.

While taking important factors like the children’s race, age, gender, family income and education, activity level, and calorie intake into consideration, the researchers found that obese children made up 22 percent of individuals with the highest BPA levels in their urine. Of those with the lowest BPA levels, however, obese children represented only 10 percent.

Similar Results in Adults

“It’s a credible study and it has to be given some attention,” says Phil Landrigan, director of Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

This is far from the first examination of the link between bisphenol-A (BPA) and obesity. Last year, a similar study was conducted also using CDC data to examine BPA levels and obesity among American adults. Results were similar to the study of children, although it should be noted that obese white children—black and Hispanic children less so—showed the most definitive link to BPA.

A Closer Look at Obesity and BPA

NYU’s Leonardo Trasande adds that obese children may store more BPA in their fat than do others. He adds that obese children also likely consume more BPA through canned foods and drinks, like soda. (We should remember, however, that the hormone-mimicking chemical is nearly ubiquitous, and 92 percent of Americans over age 6 carry detectable levels in their blood.) You can get BPA and the equally (if not more) dangerous sister chemical BPS exposure from any number of things, including:

  • Plastic water bottles
  • The inner lining of canned foods
  • Paper money
  • BPA-free receipts

America’s obesity rates have been rising for three decades. Today, over two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and one-third is obese. “Are we programming people to fail?” Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences asks. “That’s the question we need to ask, instead of blaming people.”

There are numerous studies confirming that BPA and BPS are harmful chemicals linked to numerous conditions including diabetes and breast cancer. There’s a reason Canada has already banned BPA as toxic, and the Food and Drug Administration finally banned BPA in baby bottles nationwide. America—especially consider recent debates over healthcare and personal responsibility—should not be the last to see it banned from its goods.

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  • cpmty

    And recentrly i found out that wheat in USA is 98% GMO. … and has some king of enzyme that makes you 'fatter' and is like 'opinium' addictive that people wants to eat it more and more… it was in Dr. OZ TV program. I also read it a few years ago.

  • tina

    Interesting that FDA had several of its' scientists claiming that FDA is corrupt in a professional magazine. Then FDA claimed that BPA is not toxic. It seems big money offered will cause many to sell their soul to the devil. They should reflect on the fact that the devil is in the details, and they are poisoning millions, including their own families and quite possibly many genrations to follow. It is time for some class action suits…Agenda 21 has been ongoing for decades…Research and read, eye opening and staggering.

  • Lynne

    What about Tupperware? Tons of it in millions of households – BPA in that, too? Add the fluoride in the water, GMO crops, pesticides and MSG in the foods, no wonder our population has so many health issues. And all done with the blessing of our good old INCORPORATED FDA/USDA fed government…time to defund these monsters and put them out of business.

  • Anonymous

    i wonder what's in those plastic chairs in the Hive ad attached to this article.