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BPA, DEHP Linked to Obesity and Diabetes Risk for Children

Reuters reports that “children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests.” The chemicals in question are Di-2-ethylhexylphthalate (DEHP), which used to soften plastic, and bisphenol A (BPA), which used to line soda cans. One recent study analyzed “urine and blood tests for 766 adolescents aged 12 to 19″ to find a link between obesity and DEHP exposure. Another study “used nutrition survey data through 2010 to compare BPA levels in the urine of six- to 18-year-olds with other health measures.”

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the DEHP study in Pediatrics.

Read the BPA study in Pediatrics.