Household cleaners could be contributing to childhood obesity

Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM EDT
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Multi-surface household cleaners could be making kids overweight, according to a new study.

Health officials found a link between infants living in homes where anti-microbial disinfectants are used at least once a week, and elevated levels of a digestive bacteria in their stomachs.

The problem is the gut bacteria --lachnospiraceae-- is linked to obesity. And the more frequently the products were used, the more bacteria the children had.

By the time they reached three years old, children in homes using disinfectants had a higher body mass index than children who lived in homes where disinfectants were not frequently used.

Further research found there was no increase in the bacteria associated with eco-friendly cleaners without bacteria-killing ingredients. A senior author of the study says the results suggest the gut bacteria is the issue.

Researchers caution, that even though they've found this link, it's still a big leap to say disinfectants cause childhood obesity.