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The weighty problem of POPs. — Environmental Health News

Children exposed to certain persistent chemicals in the womb have a higher risk of being overweight, according to research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The findings provide new evidence of the negative health effects of exposure to contaminants known as POPs – shorthand for persistent organic pollutants. The results add to growing evidence that suggests POPs – by acting as endocrine disruptors – can influence weight gain. POPs include a wide variety of long-lasting chemicals that collect in fat and accumulate in wildlife and people. A variety of industrial processes either use or unintentionally produce and release POPS. Some were made as pesticides – such as DDT – and others as electrical insulators – namely, polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs). Decades ago, countries worldwide have banned the use of many of the POPs – including PCBs. Yet they ...

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