A recent Chinese study on the effects that bisphenol A (BPA) may have on children is not the first to look at how it may help put on the pounds in kids. Last year a New York University study found that in the U.S. BPA was connected to obesity in white kids.

The Chinese study found that the chemical commonly found in plastic and aluminum cans that contain food and beverages may react differently in girls than it does in boys, perhaps causing girls ages 9-12 to gain wait.

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To limit exposure to BPA
  • Avoid canned foods unless the cans specifically say they are BPA free
  • Avoid using plastic containers unless they specifically say they are BPA free
  • Never use plastics in the microwave
  • Store your foods in glass containers
  • Make sure your reusable water bottles are BPA-free; stainless steel is best
  • Be especially cautious with plastics that have the recycling number 7 on the bottom; that is the type of plastic that most often contains BPA

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

BPA may contribute to obesity in girls
A Chinese study found that higher levels of bisphenol A in girl’s urine was associated with a doubled risk of obesity. The same was not found for boys.