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  Life   Health  12 Nov 2018  Research shows how air pollution might be linked to obesity

Research shows how air pollution might be linked to obesity

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Nov 12, 2018, 3:23 pm IST
Updated : Nov 12, 2018, 3:23 pm IST

Pollutants irritate air sacs in the lungs causing stress response that leads to release of hormones.

Unstable sugar levels trigger fluctuations in appetite causing people to over eat (Photo: AFP)
 Unstable sugar levels trigger fluctuations in appetite causing people to over eat (Photo: AFP)

Air pollution is a major cause for concern across the globe with residents in major cities facing health hazards because of it. But in addition to causing respiratory issues among other health conditions, air pollution may also be linked to obesity which plagues a large number of people.

Findings of a new research have indicated that toxins in the air may be making people fat. By the age of ten children exposed to pollution were found to be heavier than those who were breathing clean air.

This shows that we may be putting on extra weight every day simply by breathing. It may be happening because of inflammatory reactions triggered in the body by inhaling irritant particles.

Pollutants irritate air sacs in the lungs causing stress response that leads to release of hormones. Because of this the body’s ability to absorb energy from food decreases leaving blood sugar levels unstable.

This instability triggers fluctuations in appetite causing people to over eat.

Tags: obesity, air pollution, overeating, health