Monday, April 30, 2012

Could chemical exposure during pregnancy make daughters fat?

Chemical exposure during pregnancy may affect
women later in life, a study found.
Okay, this type of study can cause some family rifts down the road.

According to a prospective cohort study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, women who were exposed to low doses of water and stain resistant chemicals (found in fast food packaging and household products) could have more body weight.

Men were not affected, the study found.

The two-decade study showed that women were three times more likely to gain more weight and large waists as young adults than women less exposed during development.

The chemical in question is perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and gives some credibility to the widespread concern that environmental pollution (even low concentrations of chemical exposures) may play a role in the obesity epidemic the world is currently experiencing.

The link between environmental pollution and obesity

Obesity rates in children and adults have skyrocketed and are accompanied by health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, which taxes the public health system.
Non-stick cookware can expose people to PFOA.

Individual choices such as eating processed foods, getting less activity and being oblivious about exposure to environmental chemicals can contribute to the concern.

The chemical PFOA is also known as C8 and can be found in the coating of non-stick pans, water-resistant clothing, microwave popcorn bags, stain resistant treatments on carpets and furniture, carpet cleaning agents and some paints.

Almost everyone has traces of PFOA in the blood; the chemicals are contaminating many foods and homes and they break down very slowly, so even industry efforts to use less of the chemicals in products won’t make much of a difference for a while (but it’s a good step!).

Source: Environmental Health News

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