In an article published on June 18, 2014 by Forbes, contributor Geoffrey Kabat criticizes sensational reporting on links between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and argues that claims linking EDC exposure to health effects including obesity are “an unfounded scare”. Kabat responds with his article to an earlier publication by the magazine Spry which had reported that exposure to phthalates from shower curtains may lead to obesity. Kabat points to a 2009 publication by McAllister and colleagues which listed 10 factors considered to play a role in the obesity epidemic. While Kabat asserts that a research program assessing these factors may provide useful knowledge, he contends that too much media attention may sabotage objective science. Kabat furthermore argues that such research is likely to provide complex results and may turn attention to irrelevant issues.

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Geoffrey Kabat (June 18, 2014). “Do We Really Have to Worry About Shower Curtains Causing Weight Gain?


McAllister, E. Et al. (2009). „Ten Putative Contributors to the Obesity Epidemic.“ Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 49(10): 868–91.