By: Lilian Wu
Taipei, June 1 (CNA) A research team from National Cheng Kung University has found that using plastic cups, bowls and bags to consume hot foods or beverages could lead to early puberty in girls and boys taking on feminine traits.
Lee Ching-chang (李俊璋), a distinguished professor in National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, said that in its three-year study, the team studied 71 sexually precocious girls aged 2-8.
The factors leading to sexual precocity could include genes, obesity, diet, pressure, sexual contacts, and especially environmental factors, which are mainly linked to plasticizers and environmental hormones.
The study found that the plastic’s exposure to hot substances increased the level of plasticizers that melt into the item being consumed, Lee said. [FULL STORY]