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.