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Higher Levels of BPA in Children and Teens Significantly Associated with Obesity

Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have revealed a significant association between obesity and children and adolescents with higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical recently banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from sippy cups and baby bottles. Still, the chemical continues to be used in aluminum cans, such as those containing soda.

The study appears in the recent issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), dedicated to the theme of obesity.

“This is the first association of an environmental chemical in childhood obesity in a large, nationally representative sample,” said lead investigator Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine. “Our findings further demonstrate the need for a broader paradigm in the way we think about the obesity epidemic. Unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity certainly contribute to increased fat mass, but the story clearly doesn’t end there.”

BPA, a low-grade estrogen, was until recently found in plastic bottles labeled with the number 7 recycling symbol, and is still used as an internal coating for aluminum cans. Manufacturers say it provides an antiseptic function, but studies have shown the chemical disrupts multiple mechanisms of human metabolism that may increase body mass. BPA exposure has also been associated with cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and infertility.

“In the U.S. population, exposure [to BPA] is nearly ubiquitous, with 92.6 percent of persons 6 years or older identified in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) as having detectable BPA levels in their urine. A comprehensive, cross-sectional study of dust, indoor and outdoor air, and solid and liquid food in preschool-aged children suggested that dietary sources constitute 99 percent of BPA exposure,” the investigators wrote.


Lunch Box for Kids


1 19 oz can chickpeas, drained well, rinsed in cold water, and drained well again
1 large roasted red pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped (optional)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
raw vegetables, to taste, such as cucumber slices, carrot sticks, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks and/or broccoli florets
grapes or other fruit, to taste
small sticks or slices mozzarella, havarti or other cheese, to taste
whole-grain crackers, to taste


  1. Place the first eight ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season the hummus with salt and pepper. Transfer to a tight-sealing container and refrigerate until needed.
  2. To make the lunch, place the hummus, vegetables, grapes or other fruit and crackers in separate small containers or arrange in a compartmented container.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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