Is Soap Making You Fat?

The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry recently published a study linking-strangely enough-soap to obesity.

Apparently, a chemical commonly found in soap-phthalates-has been identified as a possible cause of excessive fat. Previously, research has showed that phthalates was responsible for low testosterone levels; men with low testosterone levels tend to develop abdominal obesity, so the study's authors have speculated that phthalates could be the missing link. In fact, male study participants with the highest levels of the chemical in their urine had measurably more belly fat.

Study authors insist it's too early for people to become worried. They note, though, that it's important to understand that everyday chemical exposure could possibly contribute to obesity, and that research will continue.

It is not yet known if phthalates could have an effect on women's weight.