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Link Between Fetal Exposure to PVC Plastic Chemical and Obesity in Offspring

PVC Plastic Exposure

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  • Pregnant mice exposed to low doses of the phthalate known as tributyltin (TBT), a chemical found in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with increased body fat, liver fat and fat-specific gene expression
  • TBT is commonly detected in household dust, which is easily ingested by young children who crawl and play on the floor
  • Tributyltin is not only common in PVC, it’s also found in marine paints and is known to leach into waterways and accumulate in marine life, including in the seafood you may eat
  • Upwards of 20 environmental chemicals, now known as “obesogens,” have been shown to cause weight gain when exposure occurs during fetal and infant development, although some are also linked to adult exposures

By Dr. Mercola

When you get out of the shower in the morning, you probably don't pay much attention to your vinyl shower curtain, except to maybe note when it needs a cleaning.


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