New Study: BPA Levels Linked To Obesity

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

New Study: BPA Levels Linked To Obesity

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (21Alive) -- A new study suggests a possible link between BPA exposure and an increased risk for childhood obesity.

BPA, or bisphenol-A, is a chemical that was once used widely in many plastic materials, like baby bottles, cups and good packaging. It's been phased out of many products in recent years.

University of Michigan researchers measured levels of BPA in the urine of kids and then measured their body fat and waist circumference. They found that the higher the BPA, the higher the risk for obesity.

It's important to note that this study does not prove BPA causes body fat.

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