It turns out that many motionless chemicals could hang around in your house dust, including phthalates, flame retardants, stain removers and plasticizers. Dust is basically the accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt we jump in from outside and other remnants of furniture, cleaning agents, cookware etc. This latest study is especially focused on endocrine disruptors in dust, which have been found especially in things like plastic, food clothing, toys and detergents.
This is not the first time that science has concluded that household founder can cause weight gain. Last year, another study by the European Society of Endocrinology found that house dust is one of the most common sources of a class of chemicals known as obesogens, which, as the name suggests, interferes with how our body stores and treats fat. 1