BPA exposure is widespread and variable in New York City’s inner-city minority populations, according to findings from a large ongoing women and child study at Columbia University. Levels of the common chemical varied in the pregnant women and their children based on race, marital status, age and season of the year.
African American women and their children at ages 3, 5 and 7 had higher mean BPA levels when compared to their Dominican neighbors in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Levels were highest in the 3-year-olds, and children’s concentrations were elevated during the summer months and in children at 5 and 7 years old if their mothers were single. The mothers’ levels during pregnancy were lower than the children’s at all ages.