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maternal exposure

Association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and risk of obesity in middle age

August 3, 2020 - 16:17 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
La Merrill MA, Krigbaum NY, Cirillo PM, Cohn BA
Reference: 
Int J Obes (Lond). 2020 Aug; 44(8):1723-1732

Obesity is a malnourishment epidemic worldwide. A meta-analysis of prospective human studies across the world demonstrated a consistent positive association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolite dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and children with obesity. The present study evaluates the association of maternal exposure to DDT and DDE with the risk of obesity in daughters during their mid-life in a prospective birth cohort with up to 53 years of follow-up.

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