Plastic – The Material Making Us All Fat

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No doubt you already know that there is a big obesity problem in this country.  What you may not know is that plastic could be one of the big problems.  Yes, it’s entirely possible that that weight gain has something to do with plastic.

The chemicals that mimic hormones have quite the rap for disrupting endocrine within your body.  Now studies are beginning to show that they may also cause problems with the metabolism in the body, and depending on how much exposure there is, it can lead to obesity as well.

These chemicals actually surround us.  You’ll find pthalates and BPA all around you, in dryer sheets, water bottles, and the pipes that bring water into your home.  This is definitely taking a toll on humans.  Some researchers are calling them obesogens, which was a term that was coined by one of the top researchers on this issue.  Recently in Newsweek a story that was run showed more evidence that these chemicals are linked to the metabolism of the body.

This becomes a two fold problem.  In both newborns and fetuses that are still developing, the chemicals can turn cells that are not yet developed into fat cells.  The chemicals can also mess with the metabolic rate as people get older, making the body store calories instead of actually burning them off.

So, how does this happen?  No one can blame the entire epidemic of obesity on the chemicals in plastic, no exercise and fast food are still a problem, but this research is definitely beginning to show that the obesogens can be one of the causes of people having a tendency to gain weight, no matter how much exercise they get or how little they eat.  It appears that these obesogens are able to get in the way of the body’s chemistry and it’s own weight management.  One explanation of how this may occur is that these chemicals disrupt the circadian rhythm of the body, which can lead to weight gain.

During the developmental stages of cells, these chemicals can take effect as well.  Often cells that are supposed to become connective tissue and fibroblasts instead turn into fat cells when compounds, such as BPA, are present.  These new findings definitely help to explain what studies are showing about increased obesity in infants today.

This is definitely the time to act on this problem.  The public needs to know about this problem and how it can affect the body.  This is a problem that is definitely tough to solve, but these chemicals are having a negative effect on the health of humans and studies are continuing to prove this is occurring.  You can get to work by getting involved in the fight against BPA and you can work to minimize the plastic use within your home as well.

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