Obesogens: What, Where, and Why?

Lisa Gallagher Moderator
Praedicat, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 
United States of America
Dr. Adam Grossman Presenter
Praedicat, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 
United States of America
Tue, 9/10: 1:30 PM  - 3:00 PM 
Deep Dive Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 
Room: A 216 


Scientists have been investigating the impact of chemical exposures on weight gain for decades. The term "obesogen" was first coined by a University of California biology professor in 2006 in a paper investigating weight gain in the offspring of mice exposed to the chemical tributyltin when pregnant.

During this session, we will dive into the range of chemicals and ingredients, including those used in pesticides, plasticizers, flame retardants, and other industrial and consumer applications that, along with poor diet and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, are thought to contribute to the long-term increase in obesity rates worldwide.

We will explore the mechanisms through which scientists hypothesize that these chemicals exert obesogenic effects: altering the number and size of fat cells, changing hormone levels that regulate appetite and satiety, and interfering with normal metabolism. In addition to obesity, we will also explore how these chemicals may be impacting the environment.

Learning Objectives

• Describe a newly emerging class of risks potentially contributing to increasing obesity rates
• Summarize the mechanisms through which scientists think obesogenic effects occur
• Analyze the impacts these chemicals can have on the environment and people 

Learning/Experience Level



Emerging Product Stewardship Issues