An eye-opening account of the landmark research into the hidden chemicals that are endangering our health and keeping us fat.
Being overweight is not just the result of too many cheeseburgers or not enough exercise. According to leading-edge science, a new group of silent saboteurs in our daily lives is contributing greatly to our obesity epidemic: obesogens. These weight-inducing offenders, most of which are chemicals, disrupt our hormonal systems, altering how we create and store fat, and changing how we respond to dietary choices and caloric intake. Because they are largely unregulated, obesogens lurk all around us-in food, furniture, plastic products such as water bottles and food storage containers, and other surprising exposure points. Even worse: research has shown that the effects of some obesogens can be passed on to future generations by irreversibly interfering with the expression of our genes. The good news is we can protect ourselves by becoming more informed consumers.
In THE OBESOGEN EFFECT, Dr. Bruce Blumberg explains how obesogens work, where they are found, and how we can minimize their effects. Dr. Blumberg offers a highly practical three-step solution for reducing exposures. He explains why one size does not fit all in a weight loss program, what harmful additives are in our household goods, and how we should shop for obesogen-free items we use every day-from vegetables and meats to canned soup as well as household cleaners, air fresheners, and personal care products. THE OBESOGEN EFFECT is an urgent call to action to protect your body, clean up your life, and set a straight course for better health.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
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About the Author
Bruce Blumberg, PhD, has been conducting pioneering research in endocrinology and developmental biology for more than thirty years. He is professor in the Departments of Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). At UCI, his laboratory studies the biology of nuclear hormone receptors in development, physiology, and disease with a particular emphasis on how these are affected by hormonally active compounds in the diet and environment. In 2012, he was elected as a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Fat: An Unrequited Love Story 1
Part I In the Fatlands: The New Science of Obesity
1 Why Are We So Fat Despite Our Best Efforts? 11
The Hidden Factor No One Is Talking About
2 A Modern Chemistry of Fat 40
How We Gain and Lose Weight in the Twenty-First Century
3 The Science of Obesogens 66
Why Chemicals-Not Willpower-Could Be Holding the Remote Control to Your Weight
4 The Power of Epigenetics 100
What Obesity and Other Non-communicable Diseases Have in Common
5 It Gets Complicated 127
Other Fat-Inducing Factors
Part II In the Real World: How to Take Control in 3 Simple Steps
6 Step 1: It Really Does Start with Food 159
Cleaning Up Your Diet
7 Step 2: Purge the Plastic 191
Reducing the Plastic in Your Life
8 Step 3: Rethink Your Personal Space 205
Your Simple Household Makeover
9 Extra Credit 233
Noise, Light, and Other Sources of Obesogenic Pollution Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts
Conclusion: Warning: May Cause Obesity 248
Image Credits 287
About the Authors 305