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What's making us fat? Too much sitting and eating? Or the chemicals in our furniture and food?

BackPage Primer from Environmental Building News Obesogens—A Fatty Issue A number of common substances can influence the development of fat cells and contribute to obesity. While the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and other developed countries is often blamed on sedentary lifestyles and super-sized food portions, new research is pointing a finger at a class of chemicals dubbed obesogens —endocrine disruptors that influence fat storage, metabolism, or appetite and are being found in a range of common substances, including building products and food. The term was coined in 2006 by University of California–Irvine biologist Bruce Blumberg, who observed that mice given tributyltin (TBT, a biocide) during pregnancy gave birth to young that grew significantly heavier than non-exposed mice. Researchers found that the TBT had activated the receptors responsible for the creation of ad...

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