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New study associates BPA with obesity in teens and children

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(WTVR)–A warning for parents whose children drink water or formula from plastic bottles.

Researchers think there may be a correlation between a chemical used to make the plastic and childhood obesity.

Many of those plastic bottles, as well as metal cans, are made with a chemical compound called Bisphenol A, or BPA.

A new study from the American Medical Association found kids with the highest level of BPA in their systems were twice as likely to be obese.

Scientists point out the research only shows an association between the two and that more research is needed.

In July of 2012 the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on BPA in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. Additionally, a recently published study was the first to report a link between brain cancer and exposure to BPA.