Chemicals Are Making Us Fat
Way back before I really and truly understood the limitless benefits of living a wellness warrior lifestyle, vanity was the driving force behind so many of my lifestyle decisions. Which is why I believe the message in this article will have such a wide reach. If you won’t refrain from eating chemicals to save your ass, maybe you will do so in order to save the size of it.
In 2002, Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton of Stirling University in Scotland made the observation that obesity rates have climbed in unison with chemical use over the previous 40 years. To phrase this even more simply: chemicals are making us fat.
Chemicals are everywhere. In the food we eat, the water we drink, the plastics we eat from, the pills we take, the products we clean with, the beauty and body care products we use – and pretty much everywhere else you look. But the thing is, we are not designed to consume chemicals. And when we do, for prolonged periods of time, things are bound to get messy.
Why do chemicals make us fat?
There is plenty of scientific jargon that could be called upon to answer this question. For instance, the fact that they are endocrine disruptors – synthetic chemicals that mimic and interfere with natural hormones, causing weight gain. But here is an even simpler truth: our bodies are trying to protect us. Our bodies are so clever that they produce fat cells to protect our essential organs from chemical contamination. If the fat wasn’t there to protect us, we would be poisoned.
When you look at it like this, fat is your friend. However, there is a better way. Don’t consume chemicals! That way you will be healthy and at a healthy weight that is perfect for you.
Here are some of the chemical culprits and the reasons why they make us fat:
(This list has been taken from an article by nutrition expert Lisa Petty)
Although bisphenol A has been banned from plastic baby bottles, the substance is still found in plastic food containers as well as canned food linings and beverage bottles. BPA has been shown to trigger the conversion of cells to fat cells and also to increase the amount of stored fat in those cells.
Used in some plastics and nail polish, phthalates, specifically diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP), have been shown to alter insulin and leptin levels (which play a role in programming the body’s metabolic system) in rats. One study of a cross-section of US men found statistically significant correlations between concentrations of several prevalent phthalate metabolites with abdominal obesity and insulin resistance.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a group of chemicals used as flame retardants in a wide range of products, including furniture, TVs, stereos, computers, carpets, and curtains, and, to a lesser degree, in some textiles, adhesives, sealants, and coatings. In rat studies PBDEs have been found to significantly disrupt insulin production, causing the rats’ metabolism to slow to a rate that caused them to become obese.
Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) is a breakdown product of the banned pesticide, DDT. We can be exposed to DDE through food, in the air, and in our water. In a review of exposure to chemicals with endocrine-disrupting abilities and obesity in humans, high blood levels of DDE early in pregnancy were associated with infants who were twice as likely to experience rapid weight gain in their first six months—and 60 percent more likely to have high BMI scores at 14 months.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Avoid chemicals as much as possible. Use glass to store your food and drinks, don’t ever drink from plastic water bottles, use certified organic products and eat certified organic whole foods. Read the labels on everything you consume and start to be conscious of just how many chemicals you are exposing your body to. Be responsible for your body. Care about your body. And do whatever you can to live a natural, organic, clean lifestyle.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Did you know that chemicals are causing weight gain? What do you do to avoid chemicals in your life?
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