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A review of the science linking chemical exposures to obesity and diabetes


This review summarises the recent science which suggests that exposure to certain common chemicals is linked with the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes. The human population is exposed to these suspect chemicals on a daily basis, mostly via food and consumer products.

With diabetes care accounting for around 10% of the total health spending in many EU countries, there is urgent need for action to address the damage to metabolic health caused by exposure to chemicals. Action to reduce chemical exposures is warranted alongside further research, particularly as diabetes incidence is now increasing alarmingly in the young population.

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For further information on the links between chemical exposures and the risks of obesity and diabetes please see our obesity & diabetes page.