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House dust could make us fat






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House dust could make us fat. Scientists say people should keep their house clean to not get fat. The scientists did research on mice. They collected dust from 11 houses. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The dust changed the hormones in the mice and made more fat in their bodies. We breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust. A researcher said small amounts of dust made the mice fatter.

Dust contains chemicals called EDCs. They are in sofas and carpets. They are also in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaners. EDCs are in most houses. Researchers say they can affect our health. Children are at most risk. EDCs can lead to learning problems. EDCs can increase the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers say we need to look at all the things we make so that they do not make us unhealthy.

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