Sunday, November 27, 2011

5 Surprising Culprits Behind Obesity and Weight Gain

Mike Barrett
Activist Post

There is no doubt that the Western diet holds most of the weight regarding the escalating obesity epidemic we are facing today.

Ingesting overly large portions of foods containing fat-promoting ingredients coupled with an inactive lifestyle is the perfect recipe for a gigantic disaster.

While these obesity contributors are widely known, there are actually some other very surprising factors to consider when analyzing the reason for the nation’s continued growth.

Antibiotics Could be to Blame for Excess Weight

As surprising as it may seem, antibiotics have actually be pinpointed as being a promoter for obesity as well as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. While antibiotics succeed in destroying bad bacteria, which is their intended use, they also destroy good bacteria in the gut known as friendly flora.

This lack of bacterial discrimination leads to a shortage in friendly gut bacteria which are responsible for regulating overall health, including weight management. 

Pollution has been Connected with Weight Gain

Not many people would point their finger at pollution when searching for a cause for obesity. And while poor air quality certainly isn’t a primary reason for extra weight, it does indeed have a link to extra weight. Research has shown that ingesting toxic chemicals found in both food and the air leads to increased fat storage in babies. A defense mechanism is triggered in unborn babies when mother’s take in these toxic chemicals which is supposed to protect the baby. It just so happens that this defense mechanism is the formation of fat. 

Shampoo, Plastic, and Pesticides

There is growing concern regarding various chemicals used in products today and their impact on our health. Chemicals like bisphenol-A, phthalates, PCB’s, POP’s, and pesticides, which are all endocrine disruptors,  have been tied to many health ailments such as infertility, asthmadiabetes, and obesity. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert on metabolism and environmental toxins at Stirling University in Scotland, was one of the first to point out the connection between environmental toxins and obesity. She noted that:
Overlooked in the obesity debate is that the earth’s environment has changed significantly during the last few decades because of the exponential production and usage of synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals
Environmental toxins are lesser known evils when it comes to health complications, but it may be time people started seriously considering these toxins when evaluating their health. 

Explore More:
  1. Learn About the Unknown Weight Gain Culprit
  2. Antibiotics Promote Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome
  3. Flavor Enhancer MSG Linked to Weight Gain
  4. Does Too Little Sleep Lead to Weight Gain?
  5. Food Type, Not Calorie Content, Matters More in Weight Gain
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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The specifics are very important to know, naturally, but a simple (if ofter difficult) method to keep trim and fit: eat from your own garden, chop your own wood, buy nothing frozen, nothing in plastic, nothing canned. Walk, stay calm, and keep free of drugs of any kind.

George Forfa said...

That is a very thorough statement of the problem. I would also point out the role of artificial sweeteners, like Aspartame and Sucralose.

http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/the-daily-climb-2/

Anonymous said...

While pointing out the possibilities of all the other listed factors contributing to human girth is interesting & worth noting, I think it also gives people who just have lousy diets/lifestyles another "out". It used to be, "oh, it's my genes, I was born to gain weight" now we'll hear "oh, it just the crap in air/water, my doctor put me on antibiotics again and then, there's the damn shampoo in plastic bottles...of course I'm 60 lbs. overweight!"
People have to take more responsibility for their situations, not less. I'm reasonably sure this culture's embrace of, oh say, bacon-wrapped turkey and deep-fried anything & everything, combined with deeply entrenched "couch-potato-ism" is still the real culprit in the wide load epidemic.

FatNSassy said...

As a sociologist who has researched fat stigma, I have been saying for YEARS that it is more than calories in vs out. The people who cling to this remind me of the stubborn parents of a dyslexic child, insisting that they are just not trying hard enough! Of course, the powers that be don't want to admit it, because obesity serves as a universal scapegoat for almost all health ills. Since it is a side effect of many other conditions, all the blame can be put on the victim for their own illness. It is also important to remember that not all fat people are unhealthy. While they were not as many in past times, they exist. Many lived to ripe old ages with no premature health problems. Fatness is part of Mother Nature's plan for diversity; I wouldn't trade my plumb body for all the protruding vertebrae in Hollywood, so don't assume everyone wants to be thin. That is presumptuous as me thinking everyone wants to be blonde!

Margaret Boardman said...

What about the growth hormones given the animals we eat? The known poisons like partially hydrogenated oils?

Anonymous said...

Growth hormones are a biggie. You can observe this in the animals they feed- well you are what you eat! I would even hypothesize that growth hormone effects all cells- meaning they would also effect cancer cells the same.

Also artifical preservatives and such play a role as well. Our bodies have adapted over hundreds and thousands of years to digest certain foods. Now in a span of only 60 some years is not much time to adapt to all of these radical new things our bodies have never processed before. We are just seeing the effects of grand experiment on humankind.

Anonymous said...

Exercise to burn calories.

Anonymous said...

Obesity is genetic. It isn't caused by a "Western diet". If it were then we would all be obese and all Africans would be skinny. Have you seen pictures of mosty of the people in Africa??? Most in the West who eat a Western diet are not obese, ipso facto obesity is NOT caused by a Western diet.

Anonymous said...

"I'm reasonably sure this culture's embrace of, oh say, bacon-wrapped turkey and deep-fried anything & everything, combined with deeply entrenched 'couch-potato-ism' is still the real culprit in the wide load epidemic."

In all fairness, the article does state "Ingesting overly large portions of foods containing fat-promoting ingredients coupled with an inactive lifestyle is the perfect recipe for a gigantic disaster."

Anonymous said...

(Greasy crap laden fast food) + (have to have my mouth engaged in eating/sucking down soda pop constantly) + (so lazy I'll dive around the parking lot for 20 minutes to save walking another 20 feet) = fat ass American pig.

Other factors my have some influence but the about formula explains most of it.

Anonymous said...

Get real. It is the ingredients in prepackaged foods that is causing the huge weight gain. Even colas used to have sugar, now the hfcs. Used to have butter and milk ingredients, now partially hydrogenated oils and fake powered milk. Used to have real ingredients and now everything is chemically made or altered. Fake eggs, fake breads, fake everything! Read the labels people and choose wisely or just cook from scratch yourself. Trust no one in the food business to insure you are getting something that is good FOR you! It's all about profits.

Anonymous said...

How about MSG - it makes rats obese!

Anonymous said...

Do not eat processed foods,
Do not eat fast foods,
Do not drink fizzy drinks,
Eat only vegetables, fruit, grains and drink water.
Use the GI and paleo diets - these are the closest to nature we can eat.

Anonymous said...

Vaccinations are responsible for a lot of the obesity and diabetes being experienced nowadays. It's called collateral damage. These things get started when our children are vaccinated in the delivery room and then before they hit kindergarten age they've been shot up with 68 doses of about 15 different vaccinations and combo vaccinations. I'm surprised, truly, that there aren't more dead kids. This is all trial and error, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that vaccinations help anything. Check out the book Vaccination is Not Immunization by Dr. Tim O'Shea and you'll be horrified at what you learn about some of today's diseases and their cause.

Anonymous said...

The remarks by Anonymous @8:48AM, are dead on. As an addition, know that diabetes can now be connected to the genetic manipulation of the wheat we eat.

http://www.naturalnews.com/034040_grains_weight_gain.html

The introduction of high-fructose corn syrup has a bulls-eye on it as the prime suspect. It has been shown to be the primary cause for the unprecedented rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. That, and the addition of fluoride, another neurotoxin that impacts the thyroid in very serious ways are a large part of the girth of this nation.

"It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey were chronically ill, with premature ageing, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible. Not only was it clear that the fluoride was having a general effect on the health of the community, but in the early 1920s Goldemberg, working in Argentina showed that fluoride was displacing iodine; thus compounding the damage and rendering the community also hypothyroid from iodine deficiency." from Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield's book: The Effects of Fluoride On The Thyroid Gland

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