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article imageStudy warns chemicals in toys and tins fuelling obesity, diabetes

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 21, 2012 in Health
Brussels - Chemicals found in everyday items including mobile phone covers, toys, tin cans and shampoos could be fuelling the rise in obesity and diabetes, according to a new study.
The Health and Environment Alliance issued a press release warning of a new urgency to ban certain chemicals, to protect health, following the study published by CHEM trust. The study was conducted by two leading epidemiology researchers, Spanish Professor Miquel Porta and Korean Professor Duk-Hee Lee, and found a link between exposure to common chemicals and the increase in obesity and diabetes.
The study shows that some of the chemicals identified are already subject to an EU ban, but others such as DDT and PCBs are still found in everyday goods. It is thought that the chemicals can interfere with, or mimic hormones, making it urgent that exposure by pregnant women is reduced. The endocrine chemical disruptor's (ECD'S), sometimes referred to as 'gender-bending' were previously linked to a rise in male infertility.
Lisette van Vliet, Toxics Policy Advisor at Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) said “The EU is currently working to decide how to tell which chemicals are EDCs so that they can be controlled more carefully or removed entirely from the market. But those definitions won’t be given until the end of 2013 and even then will not apply to all relevant EU laws. This is very slow."
Some of the hormones affected by the chemicals help to control appetite, leading Dr Tim Lobstein, of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, to say "‘People trying to lose weight will be undermined by these chemicals which they cannot see, cannot taste and do not know how to avoid. This alarming report highlights the need for government action." (Daily Mail)
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