Chemicals Found in Plastic Linked to Obesity and Diabetes in Kids

Plastics Chemicals May Boost Kids’ Risk for Obesity, Diabetes


A recent study associates a chemical called phthalates to insulin resistance among children and another study links bisphenol A (BPA) to high body-mass index (BMI) and expanding waistlines. Both of these chemicals are used in plastic food wraps, thus, exposing our children to the risk of diabetes and obesity in the long run. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at the NYU School of Medicine admits that there is currently an increasing concern regarding childhood diseases related to obesity and insulin resistance. Dr. Hugh Taylor, chair of the Yale School of Medicine’s department of obstetrics, on the other hand, puts an emphasis on children’s vulnerability to these types of chemicals.


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