A very interesting article entitled Pollution can make you fat was published in The Independent (UK).
This article examines a study carried out in Barcelona Spain by the Municipal Institute of Medical Research and published in the Journal Acta Paediatrica. It deals with levels of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) found in the umbilical cords of 403 children born in the Spanish island of Menorca and found that those with the highest levels were twice as likely to be obese when they reached the age of 6 and a half years.
Well we are exposed to many chemicals in this short life of ours, none of which have ever been examined to establish their effect on life : not just human life. These are the types of reports which shed some light as to why industry did its best to torpedo the REACH regime in the EU.