BPA Linked to Aggression in Girls
10.10.09 BPA Linked to Aggression in Girls
Here's a study that caught my eye.
Pre-birth exposure to BPA, or bisphenol-A, which can be found in #7 plastics, has been linked in a new study to aggressive behavior in young girls. BPA is a chemical found in canned goods, some baby bottles and sippy cups, and water bottles. According to the News Observer, at UNC- Chapel Hill,
"They found that women who had the highest concentrations of BPA at 16 weeks of pregnancy were inclined to have more aggressive, hyperactive 2-year-old daughters. There was no statistically significant change of behavior among the boys, although there was some evidence of heightened anxiety and depression."
This study is the first linking specific behavior problems in children to prenatal BPA exposure. BPA has been shown in other studies to contribute to problem with the reproductive system, increase risk for cancers, heart disease, and obesity, as well as interfere with chemotherapy.
This report is timely as many states, counties and Congress will consider banning BPA. Already, Canada, Suffolk County New York, and some states have banned BPA in baby products. With this study, there is bound to be more discussion of prenatal exposures with pregnant women.
Let's get BPA out of plastics to prevent exposure for all of us. In the meantime, you can find safer, BPA free alternatives here at MightyNest.