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BPA Weighing Down Nation's Youth

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BPA Weighing Down Nation's Youth

BPA Packaging Linked to Child Obesity

A recent study has found a link between the packaging chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in various food liners such as aluminum cans, and obesity among children and teenagers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned BPA's use in baby bottles and sippy cups, as previous studies showed BPA can affect hormone activity.

"BPA has been associated with adult obesity and heart disease," said lead researcher Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics at New York University. "These new findings raise further questions about the need to limit BPA exposure in children. This is the first study to find an association of an environmental chemical with childhood obesity in a nationally representative sample."

The survey of nearly 3,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 19 showed that 10 percent of participants with the lowest BPA levels in their urine were obese, compared with 22 percent of kids with the highest levels.

The study's results do not conclusively prove BPA causes obesity, however.
"Like all observational studies looking at associations, this one cannot prove cause and effect," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, according to HealthDay News. "It is possible that BPA is actually a cause of obesity. It could also just be a marker of, for instance, a diet made up of more processed foods that are the actual cause," he said.

RRP Packaging Competing With Corrugated Board
In other packaging news, PIRA International data recently showed that demand for retail-ready packaging (RRP) will reach 27 million tons worldwide by 2016, up from 19 million in 2010, Plastics Today reported.

Although corrugated carton board is still leading (holding about 75 percent of the market share), RRP owns about 24 percent of the market and is gaining ground, the source said.