There has been a lot of controversy about the potential health hazards associated with exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA. Mayo Clinic writes that BPA is often found in containers that store food and beverages. Exposure to BPA has been of concern due to the possible adverse health effects of BPA. In a news release on August 20, 2013, the University of Michigan Health System reported, kids who have higher levels of BPA have a higher odds of obesity and adverse levels of body fat, according to researchers.
In this study the researchers studied the levels of BPA found in children’s urine and then measured body fat, waist circumference, and cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors. The study found that higher odds of obesity was associated with higher levels of BPA in the urine. It was also found that children with higher BPA levels were more likely to have an abnormal waist circumference-to-height ratio. This study suggests a possible link between BPA exposure and childhood obesity.
Many manufacturers have voluntarily recalled BPA products due to concerns about the possible toxic effects on children and other vulnerable populations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in July 2012, that baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain BPA; however, this restriction does not at this time apply to other BPA containing products.