Review of the Evidence on Developmental Exposure to Certain Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Obesity

written by Sarah Howard
CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group Coordinator

Sarah HowardA review article on prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupters and obesity was just published. Overall, it found that, “For certain EDCs, early life exposure may be associated with weight homeostasis later in life, however not necessarily in an obesogenic direction.” The review includes both human and laboratory evidence (19 studies) published since 1995. (The review did not include studies on BPA.) Here are their findings for the chemical classes included:


Organotins are well-documented obesogens in laboratory studies. Human studies, however, are not available. Prenatal exposure to tributyltin causes adioposity in exposed mice, and these effects may be transmitted to future generations as well.

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The NGO Health Perspective at the UN Climate Summit

Written by Genon K. Jensen
Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance

Genon JensenOn Tuesday, 23 September, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is bringing together 122 heads of state in New York for a climate summit. Health leaders, including the Global Health and Climate Alliance (GHCA), in which HEAL is a founding member, will tell the meeting that:

  • climate change poses significant threats to health BUT that
  • ending our dependency on fossil fuels, the cause of climate change, can help tackle both climate change and the rise in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and asthma.

In Europe, we are proud to be one of the first regions of the world in which policy to address the climate challenge is framed as positive for health. In 2010, HEAL’s climate and health report showed that strong action to mitigate climate change would reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions but air pollution as well thus resulting in massive health benefits. The economic assessment of these health benefits provided European policymakers with a persuasive additional argument in favour of climate action.

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Internationally Speaking: Two “First Time” Events Catalyze Stronger Focus on Health and Environment

written by Elise Miller, MEd

Elise Miller, MEdAugust is usually a quieter month, but two “first time” international events related to environmental health drew a number of colleagues and CHE members together.

One was the inaugural retreat of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE). It was held on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, and dovetailed with the annual scientific conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiologists. Though ISCHE was launched in 2011, this was the first time the Society convened a group of researchers and health professionals to discuss the “Future of Children’s Health” and ISCHE’s potential role in that future. Nine countries were represented, and CHE was actively involved in planning and facilitating the gathering.

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