Obesity Caused by Hormone Disruptors Lowering Testosterone

Obesity is a national epidemic and is slowly infecting the youngest in our population. A an alarming new report was just published that found 1 out of 5, four year old children are obese. This is up over 300% when compared to the 1980s, and considerably more are classified as “overweight”. Because of this epidemic many are predicting that this generation of youth will be the first to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

While most point the finger at poor nutrition and lower activity levels as the source of the problem, there is increasing evidence that exposure to chemicals common in our environment are contributing to our increasing waistlines. We aren’t saying that lifestyle choices don’t play a role, but It’s Not Completely Your Fault You’re Getting Fat.

Recent research shows that young girls who are overweight have tremendously higher amounts of phthalates in their blood when compared to their peers. Phthalates disrupt your essential Life Hormones, but are found in an immense amount of everyday plastic and personal care products.

The lead researcher in the study Dr. Philip J. Landrigan the results don’t prove phthalates cause obesity, but there is simply a strong correlation between obesity and phthalate levels, and that the cause and effect relationship hasn’t been established. So, more research is being do to figure out whether or not they have an effect on the thyroid gland, and whether or not it changes fat metabolism.

But, whether or not phthalates lead directly to obesity, they are not the only possible offender. More and more evidence in human and animal studies is showing that there are many chemicals found in our environment that disturb Life Hormone balance.

And we have shown that hormone imbalance is a major cause of obesity. These chemicals include BPA, PFOA, tributyltin, hyxachlorobenzense, and organotins.

Here are a few simple tips to help reduce your exposure to these dangerous chemicals.

More than 90% of phthalates are used in the making of PVC plastics, so avoid products made from or packaged in PVC. The use of phthalates are often used when making personal care products as well, so make sure to check lables.

To reduce your exposure to tributyltin and organotin reduce the amount of product you consume that are canned, and store unused portions in other containers.

You can also avoid these hormone disruptors by avoid seafood from potentially contaminated water, as some areas have been exposed to organic tin compounds. Also cut back on household use of products that contain these compounds like silicon coated pans, or baking parchment.

So cut down on BPA exposure sure you don’t use containers made from polycarbonate plastic (PC also know as #7). Also avoid foods that are in cans, and move towards foods packaged in glass jars or tertra.

To cut down on exposure to PFOA replace Teflon coated backing pans with cast iron. You also want to avoid clothing and carpeting labeled “stain-resistant”. Also avoid eating pre-packaged foods. Also be wary of most take out packaging, as it is often coated in Teflon. When you have the opportunity dine in, or request alternative packaging.

Avoiding these hormone disruptors is a great way to balance and maintain the healthy hormone levels that allow you to maintain your energy, vitality, and health. Remember Aging is Inevitable but Looking and feeling old is optional.

Joshua Taylor