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Chemical Mixtures Present In Households Linked To Obesity

Chemical Mixtures Present In Households Linked To Obesity

According to the researchers, indoor environment dust promotes deposition of fat cells in children.

A research report was presented on March 25, 2019, at the Annual meeting of Endocrine Society in New Orleans, Los Angeles, which claimed that links were found between the dust in the indoor environment and deposition of fat cells in the body. Previous research reports have proven that chemical exposures are responsible for triglycerides accumulation which is a type of fat present in blood. This has found to have links with obesity and increased fat in humans.

In order to research further, a team of researchers collected one hundred and ninety four samples of house dust in North Carolina. The chemicals from the dust samples were extracted at a laboratory. The extracts were further scrutinized concerning their ability to grow fat cells and leading to obesity. It was found that low levels of dust extracts were responsible for fat development.  According to the EPA, children consume around 60 to 100 milligrams of dust every day. Around two-thirds of the extracts had the ability to promote fat deposition. Further, the researchers measured a hundred chemicals in the dust samples to study the relationship of fat proliferation and concentration levels.

It was concluded that seventy percent of chemicals had positive impact on the developed of fat cells induced by dust chemicals whereas 40 percent of chemicals had linked to fat-development. Currently, the researchers are working on the chemicals which are found in cosmetics, laundry and detergents to understand that which chemicals are responsible to lead to obesity. 


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