OBESOGENS: Part 1 of 2

What are Obesogens? Obesogens are chemical compounds (that we happen to come in contact with on a daily basis) that disrupt our body’s ability to function properly! How does that affect the health and weight loss process for you? These obesogens negatively impact your hormones, increase the fat cells you have, decrease the calories you burn, and alter the way your body manages hunger. By continuing to come in contact with them on a regular basis, you’re making it MUCH harder on you and your family to achieve optimal health and maintain healthy weight!

Of course the next question is, “Where can obesogens be found?”

Because this list has several components, I split this series up into two parts. In Part 1, we talk about the top 4 obesogens you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis!

1.) Pesticides: a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals. Atrazine is the most common, and can be found in your water and on your produce! Atrazine actually SLOWS your thyroid hormone metabolism!

What can you do about it?
–> Buy organic (at least for the dirty dozen)
–> Filter your tap water

DIRTY DOZEN

2.) BPA: a synthetic estrogen used to make plastics hard. Where is it found? Plastic water bottles, plastic food storage containers, cans, your coffee lids, and canned foods. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that BPA is responsible for starting a biochemical cascade within fat cells that increases inflammation and promotes fat-cell growth!!

What can you do about it?
–> Anytime you purchase canned goods or food/liquid in plastic containers (including bottled water), be sure the product is labeled as “BPA free.”
–> Use glass containers instead of plastic

3.) PFOA: a chemical used to make items non-stick. Where is it found? In non-stick cookware like Teflon, Microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, stain-resistant carpeting, water-repellent clothes, backpacks, luggage, and water.

What can you do about it?
–> Look for PFOA-free cookware (there are plenty of options)
–> Go with air-popped popcorn and make your own pizzas at home
–> Avoid stain resistant, water-repellent, and fire-retardant garments

4.) Pthalates: chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics and vinyl. Where are they found? In plastic products, vinyl flooring, toys, air fresheners, shower curtains, beauty and bath care products!

What can you do about it?
–> Make sure you get brands of these products that are listed as pthalate-free!

Here is a list of the most common phthalates that you will want to refer to when checking labels:
DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
DEP (diethyl phthalate)
BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
DnHP (di-n-hexyl phthalate)
DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
DnOP (di-n-octylphthalate)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is another plasticizer.