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June 16, 2014

With obesity rates skyrocketing, some scientists are wondering whether there’s more to the story than simply too many calories. In this podcast, Dr. Bruce Blumberg highlights the latest research on how exposure to chemicals in the environment called “obesogens” could increase the risk for obesity.

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Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D.

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Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., is a professor of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Blumberg and his colleagues originated the obesogen hypothesis, which holds that developmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can induce permanent physiological changes that increase the likelihood of becoming obese. His laboratory is broadly interested in the study of gene regulation and intercellular signaling during embryonic development and physiology. His research aims to shed light on gene-environment interactions and the developmental basis of health and disease.

For More Information

NIEHS Program on Obesity and Diabetes
Learn what NIEHS is doing to investigate the environmental influences on obesity and diabetes.

Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity 
Read a summary of the state of the science on chemicals linked to obesity in this 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives article.

NTP Workshop: Chemicals and Obesity
Read a brief overview of presentations at a 2011 workshop hosted by the National Toxicology Program. Or, read an in-depth summary  of the workshop.

Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research 
The Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, published in 2011, serves as a guide to accelerate a broad spectrum of research toward developing new and more effective approaches to address the tremendous burden of obesity, so that people can look forward to healthier lives.

Additional Obesity Podcasts 
Explore more podcasts on obesity-related topics at this website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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