Little Girls and Water Bottles Don’t Mix
The idea of bottled water started as a crazy idea. Then it became the latest craze. Now it seems to be driving little girls crazy; literally.
Water bottles contain an organic compound called Bisphenol A, or BPA for short. A recent study published by Environmental Health Perspectives found that little girls who have heavy exposure to the BPA compound develop an increase in aggression and hyperactivity. The scary thing is most of the exposure was through prenatal transmission. The study took samples from 249 mothers-to-be—and found that all of them had significant amounts of BPA in their urine.
A strange thing about the compound is, it only seems to affect girls—particularly those around 2 years old. Boys have not displayed any similar aggressive or hyperactive symptoms that could be linked to BPA exposure. To make things even worse, BPA is an endocrine disruptor and has been known to cause other health problems, including obesity, breast cancer and neurological issues.
BPA is also an environmental contaminate. It is able to pollute both directly and through product degradation, like ocean-borne trash. It can affect reproduction in fish, amphibians, insects and other species, causing impaired development or genetic abnormalities. Even at low levels, BPA can still harm fish and other organisms over time.
Along with water bottles, BPA can also be found in medical tubing, baby bottles, dental fillings, food and packaging linings. If you want to be safe—especially if you may be an expecting mother—avoid all plastic marked with a #7 and keep an eye out for safe products with a “No BPA” label on them.
By Heidi Marshall