So, back to the post title: what are obesogens?
|Obesity can make your life harder than it needs to be|
Obesogens are chemicals that change the way fats (lipids) are handled. Exposure, especially early in life, may influence patterns of fat distribution, the way the body uses fat, and/or the way fat is synthesized. It is possible that some chemicals might make us develop as lean, fat burning machines. This would be a huge problem if we ever have a famine, but that is not our current issue. Obesity, and its associated health problems, is on the rise. Some of the chemicals that may be acting as obesogens in people are:
Organotins (used in marine paints, production of plastics, pesticides. Exposure may come through seafood, produce, drinking water and plastics.
Bisphenol A (BPA): from plastics.
Phthalates: from plastics
Perfluoroalkyll compounds (PFCs): water repellant fabrics, stain preventing treatments.
How to avoid obesogens.
Grün F, & Blumberg B (2006). Environmental obesogens: organotins and endocrine disruption via nuclear receptor signaling. Endocrinology, 147 (6 Suppl) PMID: 16690801
Thayer KA, Heindel JJ, Bucher JR, & Gallo MA (2012). Role of environmental chemicals in diabetes and obesity: a National Toxicology Program workshop review. Environmental health perspectives, 120 (6), 779-89 PMID: 22296744