Obesogens Create a Real Management Struggle

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • 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

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