The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight

The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight

The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight

The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478970644
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,062,064
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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

Acknowledgments 255

References 263

Image Credits 287

Index 289

About the Authors 305

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