The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning of the dangers of common additives found in foods and packaging.
In a policy statement and accompanying report released Monday, the professional medical organisation bluntly declared that many additives could have disastrous effects on health, especially for children.
It also called for a dramatic overhaul in how the federal government regulates these ubiquitous chemicals.
These chemicals are thought to disturb the endocrine system, the network of glands that release hormones responsible for regulating everything from our childhood development and growth to our metabolism and sleep cycle.
There’s a long list of specific health concerns these chemicals have been linked to, particularly in children.
Bisphenols and phthalates might negatively affect or delay puberty as well as raise the risk of obesity, infertility and other chronic conditions.