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phthalates (plastics) make you fat

April 22, 2009

Chemical reaction: A long term study by Mount Sinai Medical Center on children in East Harlem links exposure to a class of chemicals called phthalates — found in products that list “fragrance” as an ingredient, and in soft plastics — with childhood obesity. The study found that the heaviest children had the highest levels of phthalates in their urine. In trying to find the causes of obesity, the 10-year study took into account factors like pesticide exposure, diet, and proximity to bodegas. (EPA/Mt. Sinai via NY Times)

via The Ethicurean: Chew the right thing. » Blog Archive » Digest – News: Plastics make kids fat, North Star stars in food safety, peanut payout.

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