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Chemical BPA linked to obesity in children, teens | Fox News

October 4, 2012

Note:  OK, very probably BPA isn’t good for you….but, hey, just maybe the “food” inside those cans might have something to do with it, don’t you think? – HT

A new study has raised concerns that a chemical commonly found in aluminum cans, such as soda cans, may increase the risk of obesity in children and adolescents.

The chemical, called bisphenol A (BPA), is a low-grade estrogen that until recently was found in certain plastic bottles—typically marked with the number ‘7’ inside a recycling symbol. Still used as an internal coating for aluminum cans, BPA acts as an antiseptic and helps prevent corrosion, according to manufacturers.

A 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found BPA exposure is “nearly ubiquitous” in the U.S. population, with 92.6 percent of people age 6 and older having detectable levels of BPA in their urine. The survey also found that dietary sources appear to be responsible for 99 percent of BPA exposure.

via Chemical BPA linked to obesity in children, teens | Fox News.

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