Doctor Oz on his program today, September 21, 2010 unveiled a word that was totally new to me and many members of his studio audience. This word was Obesogen and Dr. Oz went on to explain where they are and the results are surprising. They are in our food and in our home and are causing obesity in babies, children and adults and secretly sabotaging our efforts to lose weight.
Chemicals we come in contact with every day can be the cause of why it seems impossible to lose weight and keep it off. It is now not only diet and exercise that can keep us on the road to our perfect weight for our body; these hidden saboteurs could very well be the clue to weight control.
They were formerly known as endocrine disruptors, and work against our weight control in sneaky ways. They alter the way our bodies manage hunger. They are everywhere; in the hormones and antibiotics in our meats and fish, in pesticides sprayed on our fruits and vegetables, additives in our processed foods, and lining our plastic bottles and cans. We can do something to keep them out of our lives, but we must be aware of where and what they are.
Dr. Oz had two experts on the subject on his show and both pointed out where our problems lie. First, Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at UCSF Children’s Hospital explained that this is not only in America, but a global phenomenon. The other expert was Stephen Perrine, Editor-at-Large, for Men’s Health Magazine and author of The New American Diet who explained that the more fat one has in their body; the more Obesogens that person can store because Obesogens tend to be fat-soluble.
There are three organs in our bodies that are the targets for these Obesogens: the liver, the brain and the fat cell itself. Their main concern is with infants, pregnant women and people who already have weight problems. The Obesogens make the liver insulin resistant and therefore the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin has to work harder to produce more insulin and thereby driving energy into fat. When Obesogens work on the brain, they turn off the lepton signals that tell us when we are full and therefore continue to eat. Last, they work on the fat cell themselves by recruiting cells to become fat cells.
Dr. Oz used a visual to explain how our body works or does not work in the case of Obesogens. He showed our glands, estrogen and fat, and each uses their own code to make the other work properly. The gland had a code to release the estrogen and it worked properly, then the estrogen code worked properly to get to the fat because there are times when the body needs to store some fat. He demonstrated that the Obesogens are like a crowbar that bypass the proper channels and go directly to the fat storage and store too much fat for the body to use.
Our government is very concerned about childhood obesity and the Environmental Protection Agency has increased funding to investigate this problem.
Now that you know how they work; see Part 2 of this article and find out exactly what those Obesogens are.