London: Chemicals in mobile phones, toys and sunglasses may be fuelling the obesity epidemic, researchers have warned.The chemicals – many of are unavoidable – may also help trigger diabetes, a review of hundreds of individual pieces of research concluded.Some are found in mobile phone cases and tin cans, others in shampoos and shower curtains, the Daily Mail reported.Many of the chemicals of concern mimic or interfere with the effect of hormones, leading to them being described as ‘gender-bending’.Some of these hormones control appetite, while others affect the storage of fat.The warning comes from a report commissioned by campaign group CHEM Trust.The report’s authors have called for urgent action to reduce exposure – particularly among pregnant women and those planning to start a family.
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