Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Childhood Obesity

By Jennifer Lance, Eco Child’s Play

Yes, we hate plastics! Not only is this evil material bad for our environment, over and over again the news reports the negative effects of plastic chemicals on our children’s health. From BPA to phthalates, plastics are to blame for a slew of health problems.
Now, a long term study of girls living in Harlem has linked exposure to the chemicals in plastics to childhood obesity.

Yes, plastics make kids fat, well at least there is a correlation.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center discovered that when phthalates are absorbed into the body and act as endocrine disruptors, obesity levels rise in mice. The East Harlem study is the first one to link endocrine disruptors to human obesity. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, a professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai, explains:

The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates metabolites in their urine. It goes up as the children get heavier, but itís most evident in the heaviest kids. When we say children, Iím talking about kindergarten children, we are talking about little kids. This is a problem that begins early in life.

“Growing Up Healthy in East HarlemĒ has been studying over last 10 years childrenís health factors, including pesticides, diet, and proximity to bodegas. 40% of children living in Harlem are overweight or obese, and the study found the levels of phthalates measured in children are significantly higher than the average levels reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for children across the entire United States.

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W. C
W. C9 months ago


William C
William C9 months ago

Thank you.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

how scary the uncontrolled chemicals permitted in the environment and in uses related to human consumption and the correlates of health harms

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Murat K.
Past Member 6 years ago

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Nona E.
Nona E8 years ago

Good, bad, or indifferent? Which "expert" do we believe? There are so many easy ways to cut back on using plastics; and, even if plastic does not make us fat or give us cancer, our world is being glutted with its excess.
Here is what I find the scary part, however. I've lived several decades and can say with assurance that whatever we are being told today on any issue, in a few short years the new group of experts will say that is absolutely wrong. Good luck to us all.

Jane L8 years ago

Thanks for this post.

Monica D.
Monica D8 years ago

It's an interesting correlation. But is there causation? Increased obesity and increased phthalate levels could both be caused by a common underlying mechanism, eg increased soda consumption. These are my thoughts after a very quick read of your article ...

Regina Bode
Past Member 8 years ago

As someone who is a fat (or "obese") adult and who was a somewhat fat kid I really take issue with some of the comments that claim fat kids are fat because their parents' don't feed them properly/ raise them on a diet of fast food. I was lucky enough to be raised by two wonderful parents. And despite what is claimed here I was not "allowed to eat constantly" nor did I see a fastfood restaurant from the inside at any time during my childhood (in fact, I don't eat a lot of junk food now either). Comments that claim fat kids are only fat because their parents overfeed them are not just misinformed - they show of their writers' prejudices. In fact, no matter what you choose to believe, there is strong evidence that body weight has a very strong genetic component. Still, while there have always been fat - even very fat - people this does not explain why we do weigh more on average today than we did a few decades ago. Factors like increased exposure to phtalates and other environmental changes might explain part of that difference in average weight. Another factor I would also like to be investigated in this context is repeated dieting (as in intentional weight loss, not just crash dieting). Intentionally lost weight has been shown over and over again to be almost impossible to keep of for the vast majority of people, and about 30% of people gain more back than they initially lost.

Steve Gomer
Steve Gomer8 years ago

Yes, plastics make kids fat, well at least there is a correlation.

i am so dam tired of hearing people looking for blame for their own problems. when will this country learn to take credit for their own problems?

i will give some(small ) credit for plastics playing a rol in obese children. But,comeon now, the true problem with overweight children rests squarely on the parent's backs and we all know this to be true.

Parents all know how much food is good for their kids , but are either too busy to or too dam uncaring to take the effort to control the child's eating habits. I raised 4 children. None of these children were allowed to eat constantly , and all were required to eat proplrly. As a reward for my efforts, none of my kids were ever over weight.They were rarely allowed sweets, and instead were given fruits ,when snacks were allowed.

If more parents would take responsibility , obesity would not be half the problem it is today.