BPA linked to obesity in girls

Girls aged 9–12 years with higher than average levels of BPA in their urine had double the risk of being obese than girls with lower levels of BPA, a US and Chinese study has found.

BPA is a known endocrine disruptor with estrogenic properties and is likely to enter the body primarily through the ingestion of foods and liquids that have come into contact with BPA-containing materials. It is used to make plastics and other materials, such as cash register receipts, the authors stated.