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Pregnant Women Exposed To Electromagnetic Fields More Likely To Have Obese Children

July 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A long-term U.S. study of the effects of high electromagnetic fields (EMF) on pregnant women and their unborn children has found a 69 percent increase in the risk of offspring being overweight or obese during childhood. For the study, pregnant women carried a meter that measured exposure to magnetic fields. Researchers followed 733 children for up to 13 years. The study found a dose response relationship: increasing in-utero magnetic field levels were linked to increase risk of obesity. The researchers suggested that "EMF exposure during pregnancy could impact the fetal development, including endocrine and metabolic systems, predisposing offspring to higher risk of obesity."
De-Kun Li et al., "A Prospective Study of In-utero Exposure to Magnetic Fields and the Risk of Childhood Obesity", Nature: Scientific Reports, July 27, 2012, © Nature Publishing Group
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