27 Jun '11, 7pm

Researchers: Yes, your shampoo may be making you fat. #chemicals

Researchers: Yes, your shampoo may be making you fat. #chemicals

Environmental researchers call these chemical calories "obesogens." Bruce Blumberg , a University of California at Irvine Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, studies the effects of endocrine disruptors on obesity in mice and sees clear differences between those who are exposed to them and those who aren’t. "Pretty much anyone who observes people knows that obesity is way more than eating and exercise," says Blumberg. Instead, metabolism, appetite, and the number and size of fat cells you have come into play, all of which are affected by hormones, and therefore by hormone disruptors. Blumberg has shown that the organic pollutants tributyltin and triphenyltin derail the hormonal mechanisms that control the weight of mice. He’s found that when pregnant mice are fed a dose of organotins that is equivalent to normal human exposure to those chemicals, their offspring ha...

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