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BPA Strikes Our Kids Again! Why We Need to Worry

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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BPA Strikes Our Kids Again! Why We Need to Worry

by Michele Zipp

plastic bottlesIt's terrifyingly clear that there are so many products that we cannot blindly trust. We have to research and be vigilant and worry about everything. It just comes with the territory of being a parent. It's exhausting, but parenthood is exhausting and wonderful at the same time, so we do what we have to do to keep our kids alive and well and thriving and not ingesting toxins that can seriously harm them. Enter one of our enemies BPA -- bispehnol A -- once commonly found in baby bottles and sippy cups and believed to disrupt the endocrine system, causing chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities and impairing brain functions.

The great BPA ban that went into effect in many places made us able to breathe a little easier, but it's still around along with DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl) and found in food packaging. It's not the food that it's packaged in that is necessarily making our kids obese, it's these toxins in the packaging itself.

Aside from getting your food from the farm or local CSA, which many of us cannot always do, what can we do here? Ban plastic in all its forms? What happens when we send our kids out into the big bad world and they eat in places whose food or drinks has traces of BPA and DEHP? We really cannot control everything. But the health risks associated with obesity are too great to ignore.

BPA and DEHP found in urinary concentrations of kids 6 to 18 showed a greater risk for obesity and insulin resistance, along with body mass index in the 95th percentile or higher and an abnormal waist circumference-to-height ratio. These toxins are shown to raise testosterone in men, and seriously affect the thyroid, along with an earlier risk of kidney and heart disease and diabetes.

This isn't what we want to hear. This is another thing to worry about.

Should BPA be banned in all drink containers and food packaging now? It's not just an issue for infants being exposed. 

The study's researchers of course cautioned that more needs to be examined before anything is banned, but they also say that if we do our own ban of BPA and DEHP by using alternatives to plastic (wax paper and aluminum wrap is a better substitute) and not purchasing items in cans made of in this toxin as much as possible, we can reduce our exposure by up to 56 percent. 

Worth doing.

Does this BPA/obesity link worry you? What do you do to reduce exposure?

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I am not surprised- The rise in obesity and morbid obesity rates have to be connected to substances that affect metabolism- there is no other answer- Diet and exercise can only control so much- look around.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Eek.

No, this doesn't worry me.

My kids aren't obese... and they grew up in the BPA-filled universe before anyone connected this link. 

Um... hmmm...

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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Since the HFCS and artificially-hydrogenated oil intakes in 'normal' diets have skyrocketed --and continue to-- I think that until people are eating foods without them (and obesity rates stay the same or keep getting higher) I'll take this with a grain of salt.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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Quoting LindaClement:

Since the HFCS and artificially-hydrogenated oil intakes in 'normal' diets have skyrocketed --and continue to-- I think that until people are eating foods without them (and obesity rates stay the same or keep getting higher) I'll take this with a grain of salt.

Yes, this certainly did not help either-

housewifehell
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I really dont get this we KNOW this stuff is toxic and the fact that it leaches into the food should be enough to ban it but no. WTF? 

Aslen
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM
I'm not worried really. We're almost processed food free. I'm more worried about the shit in that
SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

While I have normal and under weight children I think people are looking to blame and finger point instead of looking at the 3 fingers pointing back at them.. While There is a link that I would not deny Parents are failing their children and themselves by sitting on their asses in front of electronics, and not taking any pride in themselves or their kids.. 

This is also what we get for progress... I make sure while my children rather sit around all day get outside for a few hours every day rain or shine.. If they are not in the pool they are on their bikes or off with friends.. While I do get processed foods and they eat fast food I off set it by Cooking as much as I can... I do more during the summer then once they are back to school... 

I don't know I think its just another excuse for some rather then look at their own short comings.

MelanieJK
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I don't know.    If you just look at the bottom line sales and tonage of food consumed per capita in this country it's hard to avoid the reality that people are just plain eating too much.     While there's probably other factors at play,   addressing those factors isn't going to solve the obesity problem if people are still eating more calories than they're burning.   

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