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Chemicals in kitchen utensils can DOUBLE your risk of obese grandchildren, research shows

Chemicals in kitchen utensils can DOUBLE your risk of obese grandchildren, research shows

  • Pregnant women who are exposed to chemicals in kitchen utensils can cause obesity
  • The chemicals in the environment can cause obesity in the grandchild generation
  • The synthetic PFAS has already been linked to breast cancer in daughters

Pregnant women exposed to chemicals used in kitchen utensils and textiles can cause obesity in their granddaughters, research shows.

The synthetic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have already been linked to breast cancer in daughters and are more likely for future generations if the mother is low in cholesterol.

The Public Health Institute in California found that obesity was up to 2.3 times higher in 20-year-old women whose grandmothers were exposed to the chemicals.

Synthetic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals can cause obesity in granddaughters if exposed to pregnant women (file image)

Synthetic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals can cause obesity in granddaughters if exposed to pregnant women (file image)

The Public Health Institute in California found that obesity was up to 2.3 times higher in 20-year-old women whose grandmothers were exposed to kitchen utensil chemicals (file image)

The Public Health Institute in California found that obesity was up to 2.3 times higher in 20-year-old women whose grandmothers were exposed to kitchen utensil chemicals (file image)

The Public Health Institute in California found that obesity was up to 2.3 times higher in 20-year-old women whose grandmothers were exposed to kitchen utensil chemicals (file image)

Dr. Barbara Cohn, of the PHI, told The Endocrine Society: “We don’t understand the shared role of cholesterol and PFAS exposure yet. Environmental chemicals in the blood of pregnant women … can cause obesity in the grandchild generation, even if grandmother and mother are not obese.

The researchers studied 213 sets of grandmothers, mothers and granddaughters with data from the past 60 years.

Dr. Cohn said, “These findings may help explain the current increase in obesity in young adults in the US and worldwide.”

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