Hey? What’s an “obesogen?”

Not all of these obesogens are found in food – every time you touch your smart phone…………

The 1910 Company

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When we talk about the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. (and it is an epidemic, with 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of kids now obese and we’re not far behind that figure in Australia – scary when you think we have a fraction of the population of the USA), we typically go straight to talking about diet and exercise as both culprit and solution. But increasingly there’s evidence of another player in the mix: a cluster of environmental chemicals now collectively known as obesogens.

Every month, it seems, more evidence emerges linking these toxins to our growing national problem with fat and related ills such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. And the list of implicated chemicals is growing as well, now extending to flame retardants, pesticides, plasticizers, and industrial by-products.

How do chemicals trigger our bodies to gain weight? The exact mechanisms haven’t yet been identified; much…

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