Obesogens could be a contributor to increasing number of obesity cases

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New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): According to a study, minimising exposure to common hormone-disrupting chemicals may help reduce obesity rates. Chemicals that interfere with how our bodies store and process fat are referred to as 'obesogens', and could be a possible contributor to the increasing number of obesity cases. Obesogens reprogram how our cells work in two main ways: they can promote fat accumulation through increasing the number and size of fat cells or by increasing appetite, or they can make it more difficult to lose fat by changing our ability to burn calories. Previous studies have identified these chemicals in many everyday products, such as pesticides, plastics, flame retardants, repellent coatings on kitchen utensils and clothes, and artificial sweeteners. This comprehensive analysis aims to highlight to health professionals, and the public, the main sources of obesogens, and includes specific recommendations on minimising exposure. The research was presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2018.

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