[Ok-sus] Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution linked to Childhood Obesity

Christine Patton tryishmael at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 14:43:48 CDT 2012

A Columbia University study links exposure to a common air pollutant with twice the likelihood of obesity by age 7.

“Obesity is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. It isn’t just the result of individual choices like diet and exercise,” says the study’s lead author Andrew G. Rundle, DrPH, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. “For many people who don’t have the resources to buy healthy food or don’t have the time to exercise, prenatal exposure to air pollution may tip the scales, making them even more susceptible to obesity.” 


Previous research at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School found that prenatal exposure to PAHs can negatively affect childhood IQs and is linked to anxiety, depression and attention problems in young children. PAHs also disrupt the body’s endocrine system and are known carcinogens. 


Christine Patton
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