Household Dust Weight Loss Connection

Anyone who knows me knows housecleaning is my least favorite thing to do. I have two wonderful sister in laws who are immaculate housekeepers, but I guess I missed that gene. I have no problem cooking and baking up a storm, but I have to discipline myself to clean.

That being said, I just read research that makes me want to definitely step up my cleaning game. This new research says chemicals in household dust may promote fat cell growth! Yes, you read that right. Their research showed that “two-thirds of dust extracts they studied from homes in North Carolina were able to promote fat cell development and half promote precursor fat cell proliferation.”

Why is dust such a problem? It is composed of the accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt we track in from the outdoors, residue from furniture, cleaning products, cookware, as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals from plastics, the linings of food cans, toys and detergents.

This study from last year found house dust to be one of the most common sources of chemicals known as obesogens, which, interfere with how our bodies store and process fat, so this info isn’t really anything new. What is different in the more recent study is that it found even extremely low concentrations of these chemicals in dust might spur fat cell growth.

So what to do? Well besides dusting more often, wet dusting as opposed to dry dusting, which can spread those particles back into the air where you can inhale them, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, using natural personal care and cleaning products and taking shoes off when you enter the house will all help reduce toxic load in your home. And maybe help you more easily maintain a healthy weight!

How often do you dust? Does it surprise you that household dust could impact weight gain?

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8 Responses to Household Dust Weight Loss Connection

  1. Ivey Rorie says:

    There is my problem. LOL. Yep, NC has some hard core dust. I am still finding hidden away dust from the kitchen project. I opened a cabinet and there it was under the door. Goodness!

  2. J.D. Wininger says:

    I love Ms. Ann. Maybe it’s not a matter of eating less, but dusting more! Here in Texas, it seems we can dust and vacuum in the morning and by bedtime there’s a thin film over everything. And all this time I thought it too much meat! 🙂 In all seriousness though, thanks for this informative post ma’am.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    Yikes! I dust once a month and that’s really all I need to with just two of us and no pets. I actually dust yesterday (first weekend of each month) and there was very little dust to pick up. But this is absolutely fascinating. Last summer I listened to a podcast interview with the creator of the Biggest Loser. He’s doing something similar now and said that the majority of obese people he works with have clutter-filled homes. This is especially concerning to him in the bedroom where the first thing they see when they wake up is chaos. Crazy, crazy, crazy how all of this is connected. I just love learning from you each week!

    • amusico says:

      Oh Holly I hear you. It’s just my husband and me and while I should’ve been dusting more, that was about how often I did. My daughter lives nearby and comes once a week at least with her dog so I find myself vacuuming and dusting more often because she sheds a lot. The clutter is interesting. I did a blog post a year or two ago about how a cluttered kitchen seems to impact whether you can successfully lose weight. There is just so much more than simply cutting calories! Thanks for sharing your thoughts – you always add value to the discussion!

  4. Garet Manuel says:

    Very interesting study. This is the first I have heard of this and it will make me think of dust differently. I don’t dust often enough.

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