In a new study published on Aug. 19 reported by WebMD, it shows that plastics such as Phthalates and bishphenol A (BPA) are contributing to childhood obesity and diabetes. There were two separate studies performed, the first one shows that Phthalates cause increased insulin resistance in kids while the other studies shows that BPAs contribute to obesity in kids as well as unusually expanding mid-sections.
Phthalates are used to soften plastics and make them more flexible. They have been discontinued in infant products such as teethers and bottle nipples. The Phthalates study looked at 766 children between the ages of 12 and 19. They showed that, despite removing factors like a child's BMI, caloric intake, and other risk factors for diabetes, children still showed increased urinary levels of insulin resistance.
The other study performed regarding BPA they found that higher urinary levels are directly linked to increased risk of obesity. While BPA isn't used in sippy cups, bottles, or many other products used by children, they are still used as insulation in aluminum cans to prevent corrosion, it has been linked to a wide array of health concerns. This study looked at over 3,300 kids aged six to 18. They found that kids with higher urinary levels of BPA also had excessive amounts of body fat.
One doctor suggests that if we were to move toward a more raw food diet eating healthier foods that don't require packaging that could introduce BPAs and Phthalates then the overall risk would be significantly lessened.