07 Feb '12, 5pm

Childhood obesity linked to phthalate exposure.: Childhood obesity is a major health concern in the United State...

Overweight children tend to have higher levels of certain phthalate metabolites in their urine, according to a year-long study of minority populations in New York City. The trend was not seen in normal weight children. The researchers found the relationship only with one kind of phthalate known as MEP. More specifically, they report that a 10-fold increase in MEP concentrations was associated with subsequent increases in body mass index (BMI) and waist size. This is the first study to examine the association between phthalate exposure and body weight measures in children. Prior studies in teens and women find a similar association between the same phthalate – MEP – and the same two body measures. Childhood obesity is a major health concern in the United States. Poor diet and lack of exercise are two crucial factors that relate to the rise in obesity, but research suggests ...

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