Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have significantly increased in the United States. About a third of adults in the U.S. and a growing number of children are obese, which puts them at greater risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Although many factors are involved, there is mounting evidence that environmental exposures and manmade surroundings can influence obesity and related conditions.

NIEHS is hosting a virtual forum with a panel of experts to explore how early life chemical exposures, like from food contact materials, are influencing the development of childhood obesity. Registration for the webcast is free of charge.