Connection Discovered between Bisphenol-A and Obesity

Here at Southern Environmental, we’ve always been concerned about the chemicals that companies carelessly leech into our food. For too long, scientists didn’t really seem to care about how chemicals like bisphenol-a (BPA) can affect our wellbeing. Thanks to increased social concern, science is finally starting to invest time and energy into studying these chemicals we commonly find in food—and the results are just as alarming as you would suspect.

A study came out recently in the journal PLOS ONE which linked higher levels of BPA in the body to a significantly higher risk of obesity in young girls. These findings are an eye-opener for many, and are all the more upsetting given that BPA is one of the most commonly found chemicals in the plastics and cans that store our food.

Research had already proven that BPA works as an endocrine disrupter, working within the body to mimic estrogen. It interferes with the normal hormone process that keeps our bodies regulated and at their healthiest. We already knew that was bad enough to caution our patients against exposing themselves to BPA, but this additional research has encouraged us to redouble our efforts to remove this chemical from our patients’ lives.

It has become increasingly difficult for Americans to avoid BPA exposure. Nearly all Americans have BPA in their bloodstream by the time they are 6 years old. The best way to try to limit your BPA exposure is to be aware of its presence and cut back on products that use it. Most plastics and canned foods contain it so that their packaging remains unaffected by its contents. We recommend that our patients seek out BPA-free plastic products and cans to help limit their exposure. If the product does not advertise being BPA-free, we recommend that you simply not buy it.