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An increasing body of research is suggesting that diet and lack of exercise alone do not explain the current obesity epidemic, and that chemical pollution also plays a part. Overweight Faroese mothers with the highest levels of the environmental toxins PCB and DDE see Factbox in their bloodstream are most likely to give birth to daughters who subsequently develop obesity. Here, the chemicals appear to have changed the genetics in the unborn child, the researchers say. PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyls is a group of toxic, persistent chemicals used in electrical transformers and capacitors for insulating purposes, and in gas pipeline systems as lubricant.

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