Study finds BPA associated with obesity in kids

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that children with higher levels of BPA in their bodies are more likely to be obese. Liz Szabo at USA Today notes that it is "the first large-scale, nationally representative study to link an environmental chemical with obesity in children and teens." Doesn't mean BPA (bisphenol A) *caused* the obesity, but the association is interesting—particularly given the growing body of research linking BPA and cancer.



  1. Something seems backward logically here.  Is the the BPA causing obesity(I know it does not directly say it), or is it that the kids drinking alot of soda are fat and there is BPA in the soda bottles?  

    1. If I had to guess I’d say its a simple correlation rather than causation. Highly processed foods are already pretty firmly linked with obesity and BPA is used widely in their packaging. So discounting a mechanism for BPA to cause weight gain your soda example is probably closer to the mark.

  2. Clearly, BPA causes a lack of willpower; because everybody knows that it would be more morally satisfying if people became fat because they deserved it. See how much tedious epidemiology you can skip just by choosing the the smuggest possible answer?

  3. “Explanations of the association cannot rule out the possibility that obese children ingest food with higher BPA content or have greater adipose stores of BPA.”

  4. The most important thing is that we find out what is causing people to become fat. Because fat people are disgusting. 

    1. No one said that. But to deny that there is a problem with obesity in America that ought to be studied is disingenuous.

      1. Are you sure?

        “In study after study, overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and fare better than normal-weight patients with the same ailments.” 

        “the majority of people in the ‘normal weight’ categories had a greater risk of death than the majority of people in the ‘overweight’ category.” 

        “Obesity, at least when operationally defined as exceeding a specific amount of body fat and/or body mass index, is associated with certain health benefits.” 

        And even if you could prove that obesity is a serious threat to the public health, the fact is that there’s no scientific evidence that people can lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. Out of the millions upon millions who have tried, we know of only 10,000. 

        I would love to see Boing Boing discuss some of the many scientific articles which challenge the moral panic and dubious science driving the war on obesity. Cause, as a fat person, I get the feeling that this has more to do with disgust at the way my body looks, than out of any concern for my health.

  5. you have to understand how fat and toxins work… fat is a way the body deals with excess toxins… more then just extra food it is also a way for the body to protect itself from toxins… when you lose weight your body has to deal with the toxins that were stored in the fat… this is why people have flashbacks years after using LSD and why it is so hard to eat junk and still lose body weight…
    the body has to be detoxed in order to lose weight… without a good regiment of detoxification it is impossible to lose the fat!!! BPA is a toxin that the body will store in fat rather then shed and it is more easily dealt with when you have a healthy detoxed body… if your diet is full of toxins your not going to be able to deal with the BPA and it is simply stored in the fat…

  6. I wouldn’t be surprised if the BPA link is related in some way to eating lots of processed food, not just soda.

    In every food preparation establishment that I’ve ever seen, high or low, food is “prepped” and then stored in giant Tupperware-like containers before cooking, or at certain stages of cooking.

    If all one eats is prepared foods and/or fast foods–which are higher in fat and salt anyway–you’re probably exposing yourself to a lot of cumulative BPA as well.

    I think the BPA link is more of a symptom than a cause, but there is a logical empirical ground for the link.

  7. Obese people are obese because they lack the willpower or intelligence to make proper choices about their diet. 

    It’s this kind of false, simplistic comment that makes  mattcornell’s first reaction to the post understandable….

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