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Obesogens Create a Real Management Struggle

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The term obesogen is used for endocrine-disrupting chemicals that trigger permanent and sometimes transgenerational changes to fat cells
  • In animal studies, changes from obesogens that slow metabolic rate and increase fat storage may be found up to four generations later
  • The percentage of infants younger than 24 months who are obese grew significantly during the time obesogens became ubiquitous in the environment
  • Rising weight is associated with disabling and sometimes deadly health challenges, increasing health care spending 29% from 2001 to 2015
  • Obesogen chemicals are found at home and work, but you can reduce exposure using water filters, eating whole foods, ditching nonstick products and avoiding plastics and packaged foods

Obesogens are chemicals that exert negative effects on your cells. You may recognize many on a list that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), parabens, flame retardants and pesticides. The majority are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Other obesogens include PFASs, commonly found in food packaging, household cleaners, nonstick cookware, firefighting foam and stain-resistant carpets, rugs and furniture.


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