The new season, as the months start to get warmer, is welcomed by many of us with a spring clean. When you clear away the dust in your home, aside from the fact that you breath better and your house looks tidy, it might also decrease the chance of your children to suffer from childhood obesity.
More than 190 dust samples were collected from homes during a study conducted across the US, which, after being analyzed, revealed that up to 70 gender-bending chemicals could be found griming in a household.
These chemicals can trigger the multiplication and development of fat cells, as it was revealed in the laboratory tests.
Cosmetics, paint, and laundry detergent might be the sources these chemicals come from and in the homes of overweight or obese children, the study revealed they were higher.
Duke University carried out the study, the leader being Dr. Christopher Kassotis, a postdoctoral research associate from the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Chemicals found in household dust might cause childhood obesity
“This is some of the first research investigating links between exposure to chemical mixtures present in the indoor environment and metabolic health of children living in those homes,” Dr. Kassotis said.
About 195 dust samples were collected from homes in central North Carolina by the researchers. After that, chemicals from this dust were tested after being extracted in the laboratory to make sure whether or not they have the ability to promote fat cell development.
During the Endocrine Society’s conference in New Orleans, the results where presented and they suggest that the multiplication and development of fat cells can be triggered even by shallow levels of dust.
“We found that two-thirds of dust extracts were able to promote fat cell development,’ Dr. Kassotis said. “And half promote precursor fat cell proliferation at 100 micrograms or approximately 1,000 times lower levels than what children consume on a daily basis,” he added.