Plastic Chemical may Trigger Fat-Cell Activity

Published: 21 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Uncategorized

The Washington Post reports that in addition to eating too many cakes and partaking in too little exercise, environmental exposure to chemicals such as bisphenol A may also be making people fat. According to the article, a number of researchers are “pursuing indications that the chemicals, which have been shown to cause abnormal changes in animals’ sexual development, can also trigger fat-cell activity — a process scientists call adipogenesis.” The chemical in question, bisphenol A, is allegedly used in different types of plastic food and beverage containers and may leach from such containers into the product inside. According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion adults are overweight and 300 million are obese worldwide.

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