Do these fracking chemicals make me look fat? New research says it’s possible

As we have reported, the link with fracking chemicals and serious adverse health problems has been demonstrated in numerous scientific studies over the past several years. In this recent study on fracking chemicals researchers examined the possible link to weight gain and obesity and found that the number and size of fat cells increase when exposed to even diluted mixtures of fracking chemicals.


Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater promotes fat cell development, or adipogenesis, in laboratory cell models, a new study finds. Researchers observed increases in the size and number of fat cells after exposing the models to a mixture of 23 common fracking chemicals or to wastewater or surface-water samples containing them, even at diluted concentrations. Adipogenesis occurred through PPARy-dependent and independent mechanisms…
Previous lab studies by Kassotis and his colleagues have shown that rodents exposed during gestation to the mix of 23 fracking chemicals are more likely to experience metabolic, reproductive and developmental health impacts, including increased weight gain. More research is needed to assess potential health impacts outside the laboratory.


Journal Reference: Christopher D. Kassotis, Susan C. Nagel, Heather M. Stapleton. Unconventional oil and gas chemicals and wastewater-impacted water samples promote adipogenesis via PPARγ-dependent and independent mechanisms in 3T3-L1 cells. Science of The Total Environment, 2018; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.030



You may also be interested in the CFL paper on fracking chemicals: Fracking Chemicals and Public Health Concerns

as well as this study: Fracking Chemicals Increase Infant Health Complications: New Study

and this one: The Fracking-Asthma Link