SOMERSET, ENGLAND (March 20, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Bisphenol A (BPA) is back in the news again following the publication of a study by the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring (Chem) Trust.
The document, the Review of the Science Linking Chemical Exposures to the Human Risk of Obesity and Diabetes, reports a link between certain chemicals – including BPA – with hormone changes that can trigger the stimulation of appetite and fat storage.
The paper, written by Professor Miquel Porta of Spain and Professor Duk-Hee Lee of South Korea, reviewed 240 scientific documents and found a link between endocrine disruptors and both obesity and diabetes.
“The concern that man-made chemical exposures may be contributing to obesity is based on both laboratory and epidemiological studies,” said the authors. “The weight of evidence is compelling, although ethical and logistic factors have so far made it difficult to prove such associations in human studies.”