The study found that a woman's exposure to a group of chemicals called phenols, especially triclosan and parabens, which are found in many soaps and cosmetics, were linked to baby boys' increased birth weights at birth and also at age 3. Higher birth weights are dangerous as they can indicate future problems, like obesity.
Chemicals in the phenol family are endocrine interrupters, and Science Daily reports that they include:
While previous studies of this variety have focused more exclusively on BPA exposure, this was the first of its kind to test other chemicals. And, in testing more chemicals, researchers found that 95 percent of the more than 500 women in involved in the study had been exposed to them. Yikes!
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