Not only have certain elements in plastic bottles and containers been linked to cancer, new research has tied both Bisphenol A (BPA) and phtalates used in various products to an increase in childhood obesity and diabetes. In fact, new studies conducted by Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at NYU in Manhattan suggests that phtalates may work to increase insulin resistance in children by acting as “endocrine disruptors.”
As a result, he warns parents to avoid using microwave plates, as well as any products bearing recycling numbers 3, 6 or 7.
The chemicals are used to both create polycarbonate and epoxy resins for various products such as soda cans as well as add flexibility to vinyls, etc.
In addition, a separate study, Dr Donna Eng of the University of Michigan, involving 3,300 children ages 6-18, found that those that had “excessive amounts of body fat and abnormally wide waistlines also exhibited high levels of BPA in their urine.”
Still, Dr. HughTaylor, chairman of the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department at Yale School of Medicine, believes that the types of foods packaged in these plastic containers are “likely doing more to contribute to the obesity epidemic and youthful diabetes than the BPA and phtalates themselves, and is encouraging the public to eat more healthful and natural products that aren’t marketed in plastic packaging as a means of preventing any additional risks to their well-being.