BPA as a Potential Obesogen in School-Age Girls

bpafreeliningA study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE has brought new attention to the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) as a potential obesogen – substance that causes obesity – in humans.

Out of 1,326 school-age children in China, girls between ages 9 and 12 with higher than average levels of BPA in their urine were twice as likely to be in the top 10th percentile for body weight. Girls with exceptionally high BPA levels were 5 times as likely to be obese. While the association was not found in older girls or school age boys, it did hold up after controlling for other factors commonly associated with obesity like diet, exercise and parental body weight.  Continue reading “BPA as a Potential Obesogen in School-Age Girls”

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