BPA's scary link to childhood obesity

Ever looked at a plastic container and wondered just how safe it is? Well, in a surprising new study, researchers have discovered that it may actually be making your kids fatter!

Seriously, how is this possible? I've never thought about it but I use plastic containers pretty much every single day since I'm a big believer in cooking big batches and storing leftovers for lunch. And if it's making kids fat, what exactly is it doing to adults too? The new study has opened my eyes to this scary new statistic.


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The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that "children with the highest levels of BPA in their system were twice as likely to be obese," according to OzarksFirst.com. BPA, or bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that is "often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles, and baby bottles and cups," according to the MAYO Clinic.

It's also often "used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, baby formula cans, bottle tops and water supply lines." Although many people have traces of the chemical in their bodies (gross!) and scientists are quick to point out that the new study doesn't necessarily mean that BPA causes obesity, it'd not exactly unlikely either.

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If the kids in the study were TWICE as likely to be obese, that's a really big number. It certainly doesn't make me feel very good about the Tupperware that I used to bring my slow cooker black bean soup for lunch at work today OR the can of black beans that I used to make it! And I'll certainly think twice about giving anything that may contain BPA to my family.

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Topics: childhood obesity  junk food