Primer

Obesogens-A Fatty Issue

A number of common chemicals are being found to influence the development of fat cells and contribute to obesity.

December 31, 2012

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.