Your soap could make you fat

A new study has found that the reason most of us are unable to shed the fat in our body, is because of the `chemical calories` present in beauty products such as shampoo, body lotions and soap that we use.

Doctors at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York claim that phthalates, chemical ingredients in 70 percent of cosmetics as well as many household cleaning products, are responsible for throwing the body`s natural weight control system, a delicate balance of hormones, off kilter.

The researchers suggested that once exposed to phthalates through daily use of such beauty products, the chances of childhood obesity and weight problems in adults become high.

The researchers meted out the study on girls living in the inner city area of East Harlem, by measuring their exposure to phthalates and analysing the children`s urine.

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