Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK. As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.
So…what role do obesogens play?
Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.
These chemicals can alter your body’s ability to properly regulate weight by:
- increasing the fat cells you have
- reducing your metabolism
- stimulating an increase in appetite
Obesogens may be a key factor in the obesity epidemic, but beyond this they pose a serious health risk in terms of the development of chronic disease. These chemicals tend to accumulate, have synergistic effects that magnify their negative impact and ultimately wreak havoc on the entire body.
According to Rick Irvin, toxicologist at Texas A&M University:
“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to human health…The diseases we’re beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.”
(excerpt from The Hundred Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald)
It may be near impossible to avoid all the harmful chemicals in our environment. But… there are some things within your control that can help to decrease chemical exposure, and in doing so may help you to lose weight and prevent disease! Totally worth it!
Here are some ways to avoid obesogens:
- Avoid canned food – 85% of food cans in the US contain BPA
- Drink out of and store food in glass, stainless steel or ceramic containers versus plastic to avoid BPA
- Use chemical-free, natural make-up and body care products
- Use naturally derived, chemical-free household cleaners
- Use essential oils or open windows to freshen the air versus air fresheners to avoid phthalates
- Avoid non-stick cookware and switch to cast iron, ceramic or stainless steel cookware to avoid Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
- Drink clean, filtered water to avoid herbicide and pesticide run off, pharmaceutical residue, and chemicals like atrazine (which slows your thyroid)
- Avoid fake, man-made foods especially: High fructose corn syrup, soy, and artificial sweeteners.
- Choose pasture-raised or naturally raised products that are free or hormones, antibiotics and chemicals.
**Note: If you want to dive deeper into this topic I HIGHLY recommend reading The Hundred-Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald
Blessings in Health!
Brenda Walding, DPT, FDN
The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from he Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health by Randall Fitzgerald