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Pregnant mothers' exposure to air pollution may boost risk of obesity in kids

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to an increased chance of obese children, reports Time.

Common chemicals referred to as endocrine disruptors are included in air pollution compounds such as BPA, phthalates and parabens and can interfere with the production of hormones such as estrogen.

"Obesity is really, really complicated. I think we have to embrace the idea that the obesity epidemic is not just about you and me making personal choices that are not good for us, or moms making bad choices for kids. It’s a far more complicated problem than that, and environmental chemicals may play a role as one piece of the problem," Andrew Rundle, study researcher and associate professor of epidemiology, told the news source.

For those who live in urban areas or near highways, there is a chance that increased long-term exposure to air pollutants will lead to health problems. Protect yourself and your children with a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in the home.