Korean children have excessive amounts of lead, mercury and Bisphenol-A in their bodies, levels far higher than those found in children in other countries.
That's according to a Ministry of Environment report released Wednesday.
It shows that Korean children between the ages of 6 and 18 have toxic substances like lead and mercury in their bodies at SEVEN times the levels found in children in other developed countries.
For mercury. the levels found were seven times higher than were found in children in Canada.
The report also found high levels of Bisphenol-A in children, a toxic material used mainly in plastic products.
The amount of this toxin found in teenagers is nearly double that found in adults, particularly concerning as Bisphenol-A can disturb the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing hormones.
The good news is, that although the levels detected are quite high, they still fall below the dangerous levels set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Still, the numbers are alarming.
A researcher at the National Institute of Enviromental Research said that even though the toxic levels fall below the threshold of what's considered dangerous, if they remain consistent or even rise, they could lead to disorders related to the reproductive system.
Children are more susceptible to the toxins because of frequent exposure to toys with toxic chemical contents.
To reduce exposure to these hazardous substances, it's advised that children wash their hands frequently and that parents be more mindful when purchasing toys.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.