Here’s a sobering statistic… 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is clinically obese. That’s up 300% since 1980. And, many more are seriously overweight.
What is going on? Anyone might reply that poor diet and lack of exercise are at the heart of this frightening problem, and they may be right. Certainly, proper diet and exercise are a MUST. But, did you know that studies are starting to reveal that certain common chemicals are contributing to the problem by messing with our hormones?
You’ve heard me rant before about the dangers of BPA, Phthalates, PFOA, etc. These are chemicals found in many plastic products from your vinyl shower curtain to non-stick cookware; from stain-resistant carpet to canned foods. These synthetic chemicals are classified as hormone disruptors. They can cause many serious developmental problems, cancer… and possibly obesity as well. “A small, but growing body of evidence in both animals and humans are finding a variety of hormone disruptors linked to obesity, including tributyltin, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), organotins, BPA, and PFOA” (from Healthy Child, Healthy World).
For more information on these chemicals and how you can avoid them see some of my previous posts:
- BPA-Free for Your Pregnancy
- Hormone Disruptors and Your Health
- Toxic Toy Alert – Phthalates
- Phthalates causing Birth Defects in Boys
- Simple Habits to Keep the Toxins out of your Food
Or explore the links in Healthy Child, Healthy World’s Article Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity and How You Can Fight Fat .