Chemicals in toys, tin cans fuel obesity

Chemicals that mimic or interfere with the effect of hormones could be fuelling the obesity epidemic, warns a report.

The chemicals, found in mobile phone cases and tin cans, shampoos and shower curtains, may also help trigger diabetes, researchers have concluded.

Why you are at risk for diabetes

The report called for prompt action to reduce exposure, particularly among pregnant women and those planning to start a family. Some experts described the report as `alarming`, but others said the key to good health is in what we eat and drink.

The report was commissioned by campaign group CHEM Trust and put together by Spanish and South Korean researchers after they sifted through more than 240 studies on obesity, pollution and type 2 or adult-onset diabetes.

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