Chemical Exposure Linked to Obesity

Obesogens are industrial chemical compounds found in our food and drugs that can alter body physiology and metabolic processes, which cause an individual to be predisposed to gain weight.

A professor at the University of CA, Irvine, discovered that when pregnant mice were exposed to tributyltin (TBT), an organotin, it predisposed their offspring to be heavier and get fatter even when they consumed a normal diet.

Human exposure to TBT is rare, but it has been found in human blood, milk, and liver samples.

However, this is not the only obesogen identified.

In 2012 about twenty different chemicals had been identified as obesogens