Born into Bad Air

Exposure to vehicle pollution in the first year of life ups the risk of childhood obesity, found a new study tracking over 2,000 children in Southern California. The findings add to research linking toxic air to low birth weight, birth defects and crib deaths.

Nitrogen dioxide spewed by diesel engines plagues cities across the world and has reached illegal levels in the UK. The study found that by age 10, the California children with high early exposure to nitrogen dioxide were an average of 1kg heavier than those with low exposure. The researchers said it's unlikely the link could be explained by diet variations.

The Guardian

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