A study, released on Monday, shows toxic side-effects of exposure to the chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA), to be more harmful to little girls than to boys of the same age. The chemical is widely used in plastic manufacturing in the United States.
The study, published in this month’s journal Pediatrics shows that exposure to BPA during pregnancy may cause some girls to be more highly prone to hyperactive, anxious, aggressive, and depressed behavior than boys of similar age.
While the FDA does not ban BPA, claiming that the chemical is safe and ubiquitous, 11 states across the country including California have banned BPA from being manufactured in baby bottles, sippy cups and childhood toys. The chemical is already outlawed in China, Malaysia, the European Union and the United Arab Emirates.
BPA is found in a wide range from products including, soup cans, baby bottles, receipt paper and water bottles. Long term and repeated exposure to BPA has been linked to cancer, issues with hormone regulation and neurological maladies.