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Chemical in plastics linked to child obesity

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Why does child obesity want to charge business more money in regulation and demand that they use safe chemicals? Child obesity needs to think a lot more about what's good for business. We need to create jobs and the only way business can afford to create plastic products is if they are using chemicals that have the mild side effect of being linked to child obesity.

Get with the program, child obesity and stop being so selfish. Think about the jobs and profits!

But new research suggests that chemicals called phthalates, which are found in the plastics that pacifiers and toys are typically made of, may be linked to higher rates of obesity in children.

The chemical, called di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), is suspected of being able to alter biological functions involved in fat metabolism. In the study, children with the highest DEHP levels had nearly five times the chance of being obese compared with those who had the lowest DEHP levels.

How could a chemical used to soften plastics trigger fat development in a child?

"It may trigger the master regulator of fat creation and lipid metabolism," explained study co-author Dr. Mi-Jung Park, a pediatric endocrinologist and professor at Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, South Korea.

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