A group of scientists led by Swedish physician Lars Lind report in Environmental Health Perspectives that exposure to Bisphenol A, phthalates, and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) leads to obesity. According to the group, several studies lead to that conclusion.
For example, in experiments with mice, Canadian researchers established the oestrogenic effects of Bisphenol A. Although the experiments show that the body breaks the substance down, the resulting product stimulates the development of fat cells.
The effects of PFOA are quite similar. Danish and Norwegian scientists evaluated study data and found a connection between PFOA levels in blood and the tendency toward obesity. Daughters of mothers with high concentrations of PFOA in their blood have a significantly higher risk of being obese than the daughters of mothers without PFOA in their blood.
Based on these unequivocal results, the scientists issued a consensus statement demanding an immediate reduction in the level of contaminants. They also call for further research into the mechanisms that lead from contaminants to obesity.
See our blog for information on the spread and dangers of perfluorinated substances like PFOA.
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