Are Chemicals on Your Shoes Making You Fat?

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The Doctors share a new study which suggests taking off your shoes when you first get home is a good idea! The study says we carry in nasty chemicals on our shoes, and some of those are obesogens, which could make you fat. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says this does highlight that our shoes could be carrying all types of things, so it makes sense to take them off. 

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Don't let this study scare you though. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon points out unless you're a farmer walking through a field of insecticides, which we know are hormone disruptors, it's unlikely you're going to have enough on your shoes to actually cause weight gain.

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Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says there were two studies conducted in Portugal that pointed to high doses of chemicals being hormone disruptors. There was also a 2017 Duke University study that found a myriad of chemicals, such as flame retardants in cushions and chemicals in plastic, to be hormone disruptors. "The question is, walking around getting it on shoes how much of that are you actually picking up and how likely is that to have a true clinical effect and truly make you gain weight?" asks Dr. Batra. Dr. Travis says the answer is "Probably not!"

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