Obesity and Environmental Chemicals: A Link?

fat kidsMy article of August 11, 2011 discussed the connection between obesity and type-2 diabetes. Doctor Mark Hyman made the case that environmental toxins (chemicals) contribute to both conditions. This occurs because some of these chemicals interfere with glucose and cholesterol metabolism and induce insulin resistance.

In the meantime, the case for a causal linkage has gotten stronger. The organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) issued an alert on this issue. I quote from their article.

Certain chemicals are suspected of altering when, why and how much the body creates fat cells or stores fat in existing cells. Approximately 15 chemicals and classes of chemicals have been shown to cause weight gain in animal studies. They include: Bisphenol-A, Polybrominated Diphenylethers (flame retardants), some organochlorine pesticides, some phthalates, and perfluorinated organics. Although not a chemical, they include high fructose corn syrup. (See my blog of March 23, 2012.) They also point out that obesity results from dysfunction of endocrine systems, linked to hormone-disrupting chemicals. (See my blog of October 30, 2014, that summarizes finding of the World Health Organization.)

The PSR report ends with this sobering statement. It is now clear that susceptibility to obesity may start in utero or in childhood. Surely an alert for pregnant women and mothers of infants! Keep your body and your infant’s body free of the endocrine/hormone-disrupting chemicals.

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About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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