Can’t lose weight? Here’s some information doctors and scientists are pondering. There are lots of things we use or eat everyday that could be causing the problem. And the effects of those substances, now called obesogens, could have begun with our parents being exposed. They are hormone disruptors that can cause problems in several ways. The possible culprits are much more extensive than I realized, including:
Handbags (polyvinyl chloride)
Hand sanitizers (triclosan)
Nonstick pans (perfluoroctanoic acid)
Plastic bottles (BPA)
Cash register receipts (BPA)
Shower curtains (tributylin)
Skin cream (phthalates)
Soy milk formula (genistein)
Tap water (atrazine)
Yoga mats (polyvinyl chloride)
Also making the list: canned foods, air fresheners, shampoos, sunscreens, detergents, leafy vegetables (treated with a commonly used fungicide, triflumizole), and furniture treated with flame retardant. Most distressing to me, currently, are the yoga mats – now there’s a Catch 22.
There is a great article in the January Prevention Magazine, but I haven’t been able to find the article on line. So, if you can get your hands on a copy, read “What’s Making Us Fat.”
For more information about obesogens, click here.