New evidence suggests that endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in consumer products, food, water and soil are behind the global rise in reproductive disorders, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, neurological conditions, reduced immune function and chronic inflammation.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which harm the human body’s regulation of hormones, have become ubiquitous in consumer products, food, water and soil, says a new report, leading to serious global health impacts.
There are some 350,000 synthetic chemicals and polymers used worldwide, and thousands may be endocrine disruptors. Most were not studied for their human health effects before being marketed. Known and suspected endocrine disruptors are found in pesticides, plastic additives, cosmetics and waterproofing finishes.
The new report examines four sources of endocrine-disrupting chemicals: plastics, pesticides, consumer products and per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). Rising rates of cancer, infertility, and obesity are suspected to be at least partially attributable to the presence of endocrine disruptors in the human body.
The Endocrine Society and International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), which co-authored the new report, are calling for legally binding global treaties to restrict and ban endocrine disruptor production and use.

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