Environmental Health News discusses what you need to know about BPA. Plastic pollution is a problem, and BPA plays a large role.
BPA – a common chemical in durable plastics – is detrimental to our health and remains in widespread use. We can all take steps to prevent usage of BPA plastics. Use our easy guide.
BPA is concerning to many because of the health effects and because human exposure to BPA is so widespread.
BPA is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. It can imitate the body’s natural hormones and interfere with their function. BPA mimics the structure and function of the hormone estrogen. Due to its estrogen-like shape, BPA can bind to estrogen receptors and influence normal bodily processes. These include growth, cell repair, fetal development, and reproduction.
Studies have shown that infants born to mothers exposed to BPA weigh up to half a pound less, on average, than infants born to unexposed mothers. BPA exposure during early life may also influence hormonal development and behavior in children.
BPA exposure has been shown to cause:
- Impaired brain development
- ADHD and anxiety-related disorders
- Childhood weight gain and obesity.