Fracking Causes Obesity?

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Fracking has been linked to obesity. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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"Living mice cells exposed to chemicals and wastewater from hydraulic fracturing sites possess elevated fat cell development, according to a lab study.

Duke University researchers led a study of fat cells, or adipogenesis, from samples obtained from oil and gas production sites in Garfield County, Colo., and Fayette County, W.Va., in 2014. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

More than 1,000 chemicals are used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the United States. In lab testing, many of them act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals in cell and animal tests, according to the researchers.

In a mixture of 23 commonly used fracking chemicals, the researchers found increases in the size and number of fat cells after exposing living mouse cells to the mixture.

"We saw significant fat cell proliferation and lipid accumulation, even when wastewater samples were diluted 1,000-fold from their raw state and when wastewater-affected surface water samples were diluted 25-fold," study leader Dr. Chris Kassotis, a postdoctoral research associate at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, said in a press release. "Rather than needing to concentrate the samples to detect effects, we diluted them and still detected the effects," he said."

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