Funding agencies: This work was supported by Grant G1100358 from the UK Medical Research Council and by a Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship.
Obesogens and obesity—An alternative view?
Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 1081–1083, June 2013
How to Cite
Sharpe, R. M. and Drake, A. J. (2013), Obesogens and obesity—An alternative view?. Obesity, 21: 1081–1083. doi: 10.1002/oby.20373
Disclosure: RMS is a member of a Science Advisory Panel for BASF, but this does not involve work on obesogens or the chemicals referred to in this article. AJD has nothing to disclose.
- Issue online: 26 JUL 2013
- Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 20 MAR 2013 02:06AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: NOV 2012
It is accepted that diet is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, but environmental ‘obesogenic’ chemicals have also been suggested recently as playing a role, based on in vitro, animal and epidemiological studies. Using two such ‘obesogen’ examples (bisphenol A, certain phthalate esters), we argue that their association with obesity and obesity-related disorders in humans could be circumstantial, and thus non-causal, because a Western style diet increases exposure to these compounds. This possibility needs to be addressed before further (confounded) epidemiological studies on ‘obesogens’ are undertaken.