Published on Global Research.ca, by Washington’s Blog, March 19, 2012.
World Wide Obesity Epidemic:
- Some 68% of all Americans are overweight, and obesity has almost doubled in the last couple of decades worldwide. As International Business Tribune reports:
Studies conducted jointly by researchers at Imperial College London and Harvard University, published in the medical journal The Lancet, show that obesity worldwide almost doubled in the decades between 1980 and 2008.
68 per cent of Americans were found to be overweight while close to 34 percent were obese.
- Sure, people are eating too much and exercising too little (this post is not meant as an excuse for lack of discipline and poor choices). The processed foods and refined flours and sugars don’t help. And additives like high fructose corn syrup – which are added to many processed foods – are stuffing us with empty calories.
- But given that there is an epidemic of obesity even in 6 month old infants (see below), there is clearly something else going on as well.
Are Toxic Chemicals Making Us Fat:
The toxins all around us might be making us fat. As the Washington Post reported in 2007: … //
… What Can We Do To Fight Back?
- Eating grass-fed meat instead of industrially-produced corn fed beef will reduce your exposure to obesity-causing chemicals.
- Use glass instead of plastic whenever you can, to reduce exposure to pthalates and other hormone-altering plastics.
- Try to avoid canned food, or at least look for cans that are free of bisphenol A. (For example, the Eden company sells food in bpa-free cans.) Buy and store food in glass jars whenever possible. And wash your hands after handling store receipts (they still contain bpa).
- Eat yogurt or other food containing good bacteria to help restore your healthy intestinal flora. If you don’t like yogurt, you can take “probiotic” (i.e. good bacteria) supplements from your local health food store.
- And don’t forget to tell your grocery store that you demand real food that doesn’t contain bpa, pthalates, hormones, antibiotics or other junk. If we vote with our pocketbooks, the big food companies will get the message.