Here at mbg, we're all for being one with nature: Getting outside for a long walk, moving your daily exercise out of the gym, filling your lungs with fresh, pure air.
And of course, we all know the cleaner the air, the better. After all, polluted air has been shown to cause some serious health damage, including respiratory illness, asthma, kidney damage and even certain cancers.
But a new study in the March issue of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has us thinking even more about the serious effects air pollution can have on another area of health: our weight.
For the study, researchers exposed one group of pregnant lab rats and their offspring to Beijing's seriously polluted air for several weeks, while a second group only breathed filtered air.
After only 19 days of exposure, here's what happened to the rats exposed to the polluted air: