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Plastics Linked to Obesity, Other Health Problems

February 11, 2008 12:52 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Researchers are raising concerns about infants being exposed to bisphenol A, a chemical found in many common plastic products, including baby bottles.

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Some scientists are questioning the health risks of contact with the everyday plastics that are used in all aspects of modern life. They are particularly concerned about effects on the very young.

The Boston Globe
reports on research suggesting that a predisposition to obesity could be caused by exposure to some of the substances found in plastics. A Canadian environmental group recently released a report that says plastic baby bottles, when heated, pose a health risk to infants.

Industry groups that manufacture or use plastics say the chemicals employed, such as bisphenol A, are safe and have been repeatedly tested by a number of governments.

The U.S. government at the end of 2007 reviewed bisphenol A literature. A panel found some concern regarding the chemical’s exposure to pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children. 

BPA is one of the chemicals used to make hard plastics and other materials. It is found in the linings of formula cans, reusable plastic bottles, bike helmets and bulletproof glass.

Headline Links: Do plastics cause obesity?

Reaction: Skeptics

Reference: Government panel reviews substance, BPA basics

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