- Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and tetrachlorobisphenol A (TCBPA) are flame retardants found in tablets, smart phones, circuit boards that are suscpected of increasing deposit of fat in the body
- Trimflumizole a common fungicide used to treat food appears to alter genes to predispose cells to turn into fat cells
- Bisphenol (BPA) found in plastics is an estrogen disruptor that (among other things) has been found to disrupt the hormones that control metabolism
- Flame retardants found in carpets (come under lots of different names including PBDEs) are suspected of slowing metabolism of sugar and fat leading to weight gains and metabolic syndrome
- TBT, a chemical used to retard mold and mildew in paint and cloth can cause metabolic changes that increase production of fat cells
What to do? Avoid these chemicals when making new purchases but for products you cannot replace, consider limiting exposure by putting down your phone/tablet for longer periods of time, using throws and blankets over couches, and avoiding plastics with BPA. If you have young children who spend a lot of time on the floor check with the flooring manufacturer and if dangerous chemicals are present make sure to put down a mat or blanket to limit exposure.
Do you think the government should require that these chemicals be removed from all products sold in the U.S.?