The Link Between Childhood Obesity and BPA

We have blogged about bisphenol A or BPA many times. This chemical is used in food packaging (like linings in cans) and to harden plastic and has been linked to infertility, weight gain in adults, and even cancer. And now a new study shows that children who are overweight also have higher levels of BPA in their bodies than children who are a healthy weight.

Although the study’s findings don’t prove that BPA causes obesity, it is still a concern because this dangerous chemical causes other health problems. One of the possibilities is that children who were considered obese ate more foods that came from cans or packaging that contained BPA. Continue reading “The Link Between Childhood Obesity and BPA”

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BPA and Weight Gain

A new study in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in older adults are associated with increased weight and waist size, both indicators of obesity that can lead to serious illness and disease.

Researchers in China have found that adults over the age of 40 with higher levels of BPA in their urine tend to be obese, have more abdominal fat and be insulin resistant. These metabolic disorders can lead to further and more harmful health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Americans are exposed to BPA through ingesting foods stored in plastic containers made with BPA, and BPA-lined cans, as well as through non-food sources, such as cash register receipts.

BPA exposure has also been linked to cancer, hyperlipidemia, thyroid problems and inflammation. Here are some ways to avoid BPA that have been mentioned in previous blogs. Continue reading “BPA and Weight Gain”

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How to Reduce Your Chemical Exposure

I just finished reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health, by Rick Smith. It is a great read, especially if you have kids. The book shows that we are accumulating toxic chemicals in our bodies and in our children’s bodies by using everyday household products that we consider harmless.

The chemicals most discussed in the book are endocrine disruptors. According to the authors, “If toxic chemicals mimic hormones, the chemicals will actually alter what genes get turned on or off at different times.” These toxic chemicals can cross a pregnant woman’s placenta and affect the neurological development, reproductive development, and organ development of her fetus.

Some very positive things have came out of this book, however. Canada banned bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, and many other companies followed suit by voluntarily taking BPA out of their plastics. Plus, new legislation regarding chemical safety has been changed. In the past, chemicals had to be proven toxic to be removed from use with food products; now, until a chemical can be proven safe, it won’t be allowed. In the United States, it is still a work in progress, but there is promise as states like Massachusetts have banned BPA in baby bottles.

Another endocrine disruptor is a group of chemicals called phthalates, used to make plastics soft and flexible. Continue reading “How to Reduce Your Chemical Exposure”

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BPA in Our Food

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that has been linked to a wide array of health issues such as reproductive abnormalities, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is used to harden plastics and line containers and is not something that I would want to ingest ever, never mind on a daily basis. I have written about this topic before and it still amazes me that BPA has not been banned. Although, many companies have taken BPA out of baby bottles, which is a small step forward, the stuff that goes into the bottles may still contain this cancer-causing chemical. A University Texas study found that Enfamil baby formula had higher levels of BPA than a can of V8 juice.

Here is a scary stat: 90% of newborns have levels of BPA in their teeny little bodies. Welcome to the world, little ones. With technological advances, there should be no reason why BPA is needed to line cans, or to be used at all, for that matter.

Read this blog from about the foods that contain BPA.

In the meantime, breastfeed your babies if you can, and limit canned foods of all kinds.

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Diaper Bags: Go Natural

All moms know that a properly packed diaper bag can make or break your day, when you are dealing with small children and babies. A diaper bag is not just a portable changing station, but it can also be a first aid kit, a small kitchen, and a toy store. However, there are things in your diaper bag that you may not be considering. Chemicals like phthalates (the “ph” is silent) are used to make plastic flexible and stabilize fragrance, while bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make plastics hard. There are also parabens, preservatives in lotions and shampoos. All these chemicals are going straight into your baby, and while there has been a push for regulation on BPA in baby bottles and water bottles, we still need to be conscious of what we are putting in and on our babies.

Here are a few things that you can do to make your diaper bag safer and greener:

Diaper Creams:  If your little one has a diaper rash, air time is really the best medicine. Free them of their diaper for 5 or 10 minutes per day and you will notice a huge difference. Continue reading “Diaper Bags: Go Natural”

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