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Weight Anomalies Of Children Of Pregnant Women Exposed To PFCs May Foreshadow Obesity

August 30, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Expectant mothers who are highly exposed to polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) tend to have babies whose birth weight is lower than normal, but whose weight as toddlers is greater than normal -- a predictor of adult obesity, according to a U.S. study. The long-term study followed 447 British girls and their mothers, finding that even though the girls with higher PFC exposure were smaller at birth, they were larger at 20 months, and this trend may portend obesity in later years. PFCs are used to produce the fluoropolymers so important to nonstick cookware and protective coatings for packaging products, clothes and furniture.
Mildred Maisonet et al., "Maternal Concentrations of Polyfluoroalkyl Compounds during Pregnancy and Fetal and Postnatal Growth in British Girls", Environmental Health Perspectives, August 30, 2012, © Maisonet et al.
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