Based on the World Health Organization’s 2012 Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Report
Are you struggling to lose weight especially around the abdomen, hips, and thighs? Carrying excess fat in these areas is a strong sign of a hormone imbalance. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise or dieting can correct the problem unless balance is restored. Hormones are in charge of all facets of weight gain and loss: They control your metabolism, fat storage, fat burning, your cravings, etc. A hormone imbalance is caused by something called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. They are prevalent all over and have been found to be so directly connected to obesity that the World Health Organization has labeled that subset as “obesogens.”
Any substance that interferes with the function of the hormone, or endocrine, system and negatively affects health is an endocrine disruptor. There are nearly 800 different chemicals that fit this description. “Obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome are due to disruption of the energy storage-energy balance endocrine system. ” The new class of endocrine disrupting chemicals, “obesogens,” includes the substances shown to alter components of the hormonal system that control weight gain such as adipose tissue, the brain, the liver, the pancreas, skeletal muscle, and the gastrointestinal tract. The chemicals also interrupt functionality of metabolism, fat storage, bone development, and the immune system.
As of 2007 30% of Americans were clinically obese and 65% were overweight. Additionally, it is estimated that more than 6 out of 10 children are either already obese or will be later in life. Although obesity is a result of genetic, behavioral, and environmental components, it is ultimately controlled by the endocrine system. If there are disrupting chemicals preventing communication regulating fat development, hunger, pleasure-related reward mechanisms, fat burning, insulin, and body weight; no amount of exercise and diet can correct the problem. “Obesogens” can increase the number of fat cells, change the reward center of the brain to affect appetite, alter food metabolism, change insulin sensitivity, etc. These disruptions cause imbalance in the hormone system and change set points predisposing people to obesity.
Data suggests exposure to BPA (in plastics), several pesticides, air pollution, lead, nicotine, MSG, and many pharmaceuticals lead to altered cholesterol, metabolism, and weight gain. Many shampoos and hair products, toothpaste, soaps, and lotions contain chemicals as solvents, preservatives, plasticizers, antimicrobials, and fragrances. Medical drugs for contraception, hormone therapies, fat regulators, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, and anti-biotics are made with endocrine disrupting chemicals. Household cleaners, toys, electronics, furniture, building materials, paints, paper, clothing, lawn & garden supplies, and pesticides contain elements that cause imbalance in the body’s hormone system. These chemicals are powerful inducers of adipogenesis (fat formation) increasing weight gain and obesity.
Correcting the underlying cause through a healthy diet allows the body to clear out toxins, burn excess adipose (fat), and strengthen neurotransmitters.