I'm all about finding things to blame chubbiness on other than the fact that my body is, at all times, about 40% gravy.  So this is a GREAT one.  Bring it on, science!

According to Paula Baillie-Hamilton, who's an expert on metabolism and toxins at Stirling University in Scotland, your SHAMPOO could be making you chubby. A lot of shampoos apparently contain chemicals like Bisphenol A, phthalates, PCBs, and even traces of pesticides.

 Those can actually mess with our natural hormone responses and the built-in weight control systems in our bodies . . . and that makes them like, quote, "chemical calories." She says that you can potentially cut down on weight gain by switching to organic shampoos.

 Other people in the scientific world aren't as fully convinced, of course . . . but there HAVE been lab tests that showed lab rats exposed to those chemicals have 10% more fat cells than normal lab rats.

So, sorry generic shampoo that only cost me a dollar, you  might be hitting the old trash can soon.  Will I go to the gym along with that? Probably not, but hey, I'm willing to take that kind of risk in order to help the cause of science.

Shampooingly yours,