05 Jul '11, 12pm

Prenatal exposure to low levels of chemicals used in food packaging & soda cans causes obesity, shows new study #bpa

Exposure to a low dose of bisphenol A (BPA) while in the womb and while nursing may increase the risk of obesity and a suite of metabolic problems even if eating a balanced diet into adulthood, finds a study with rats. Similar effects were seen earlier in animals exposed to the same low dose but fed a high-fat diet. These health effects were not seen in the growing rats exposed to medium and high doses. This study is one of a number of recent studies that suggest that BPA may have adverse health effects at or even below the current reference dose. It also adds more detail to studies that point to BPA affecting weight and metabolism. Even though this was an animal study and the results can't be directly applied to people, it's a first step in understanding how environmental chemicals like BPA may influence development in ways that last a lifetime. More research is needed to...

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