Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Research Links Common Chemicals To Obesity

“Exposure in the womb to common chemicals used to make everything from plastic bottles to pizza box liners may programme a person to become obese later in life, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. Their studies of mice showed animals exposed to even tiny amounts of the chemicals during development were fatter when they grew older compared with mice not exposed to the compounds, they told the 2008 European Congress on Obesity. ‘We are talking about an exposure at very low levels for a finite time during development, said Jerry Heindel of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. ‘The fact that it is such a sensitive period, it may be altering the tissue and making people more susceptible to obesity.’”

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