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New Study Links Plastics To Obesity In Children

Here we are again sharing a new study released this past weekend that links the chemicals used in plastics to obesity in children.  A story written by HealthDay reporter Barbara Bronson Gray covers the release of new data at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting being held in Houston, Texas.  Here is a highlight (or lowlight) of the story:

“It's hard to imagine a pacifier or a rubber ducky making your child fat.

But new research suggests that chemicals called phthalates, which are found in the plastics that pacifiers and toys are typically made of, may be linked to higher rates of obesity in children.

The chemical, called di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), is suspected of being able to alter biological functions involved in fat metabolism. In the study, children with the highest DEHP levels had nearly five times the chance of being obese compared with those who had the lowest DEHP levels.”

We cannot stress to our readers enough how important it is to be an informed consumer today.  With the constant cuts to government agencies and the political power of organizations (and their members) such as the American Chemical Council makes it nearly impossible for proper oversight and consumer protections by agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

You can read more about ingredients to avoid in food and consumer products by visiting Coily Embrace’s “Our Toxic World” pages.  The other website that we find helpful is that of the Environmental Working Group.

We want to close by thanking Barbara and HealthDay for providing news coverage of this new study.