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Exposure to Chemicals could be Related to Obesity and Diabetes

Wed, 21 Mar 2012

Heightened exposure to certain every day chemicals could be partly responsible for the obesity crisis and the increasing levels of in the developed world, according to a new report from the Chem Trust.

These chemicals include paint additives, pesticides, flame retardants, diesel and ingredients in plastics which are used to make food containers and tubing.

The new report has been compiled by two academics from the University of North Carolina and Kyungpook National University, South Korea, upon reviewing 240 research papers.

Chemicals get into the food chain and build up in the body where they disrupt human hormones in storing fat, change appetite and slow down the rate at which fat is burned.

The report claims that unborn babies are particularly at risk and concludes that exposure to the chemicals ought to be reduced and national governments ought to act to ensure that they are replaced with alternatives.

Chem Trust is a listed company, as well as being a charity funded by Greenpeace and the WWF.
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