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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The study found that disinfectants and cleaners could contribute to weight gain by altering the gut bacteria of infants.

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Fecal samples showed that some infants exposed to antibacterial cleaners weekly had higher levels of a type of gut bacteria that zaps extra energy out of food.

The study says these babies were likely to have a higher body mass index by age 3.